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Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer wins arbitration case for second straight year

Posted: 4:20 PM, Feb 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-13 21:20:11Z
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CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer won his arbitration case.

Bauer, 28, won his hearing for the second straight year and was awarded $13 million by James Darby, James Oldham and Sylvia Skratek instead of the Cleveland Indians’ $11 million offer.

The right-hander was a first-time All-Star last year and finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award voting after going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA, second behind Tampa Bay’s Nate Snell. Bauer won a $6,525,000 salary last year in a case decided by Andrew Strongin, Steven Wolf and Robert Herzog, who ruled against Cleveland’s $5.3 million offer.

For those wondering what arbitration is, MLB.com explains it as:

If the club and player have not agreed on a salary by a deadline in mid-January, the club and player must exchange salary figures for the upcoming season. Unsurprisingly, the club files a lower number than the player does. After the figures are exchanged, a hearing is scheduled in February. If no one-year or multi-year settlement can be reached by the hearing date, the case is brought before a panel of arbitrators. After hearing arguments from both sides, the panel selects either the salary figure of either the player or the club (but not one in between) as the player's salary for the upcoming season.