CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with star player Francisco Lindor Friday, reaching a one-year deal that will earn the shortstop $17.5 million, according to MLB Network’s Paul Heyman.
Lindor gets $17.5M plus award in Indians deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 2020
Lindor’s deal also includes some award incentives, Heyman reported.
The 26-year-old slashed .284/.335/.518 with 32 home runs, 74 RBI and 22 stolen bases in his 654 plate appearances with the Tribe last season.
The one-year, $17.5 million deal is the second-largest deal of all time for a second-time arbitration-eligible player.
Lindor's future with the Indians is still uncertain as the team could still trade him, a move many baseball executives said they see happening before the July 31 deadline, but this is good news for the time being.