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Indians Ink Kluber to Five-Year Deal

On the precipice of the 2015 campaign, the Tribe locks up their ace for the long haul

When Corey Kluber takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians on Monday night in Houston, he will do so with the knowledge that he will be wearing an Indians uniform for a long time. On Saturday, the Indians and Kluber agreed to a five-year contract extension which will include two club options according to an unnamed source within the Indians organization. The Indians are notoriously tight-lipped about any contract negotiations, and it is likely that the club will wait until after Kluber’s first start to officially announce the deal and the monetary details surrounding it to the public.

In the meantime, one must speculate that Kluber and his agent, B.B. Abbott managed to do a bit better than the original $601,000 one-year contract that Kluber signed for the 2015 campaign during Spring Training. The Indians and Abbott continued negotiations throughout the rest of the spring to try to get a long-term deal done for what the Indians believe to be the cornerstone of their pitching staff for the foreseeable future.

Kluber had a breakout season in 2014, going 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and winning the American League Cy Young Award, becoming just the fourth Indians pitcher in club history to win the award. With their ace now locked up for the next five seasons, the Indians may now turn their attention to Carlos Carrasco, who they believe to be their solid number two behind Kluber and could be in line for a four or five-year extension as well.



Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent