Indians avoid arbitration with five players - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Indians avoid arbitration with five players

The Indians announced the club has signed infielder Jack Hannahan, pitchers Justin Masterson, Chris Perez and Joe Smith as well as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration with the five players.

Hannahan, 31, hit .250 in 2011 with 16 doubles, 8 homers and 40 RBI in 110 games and led American League third basemen with a .983 fielding pct. as he did not make an error in the second half.

Masterson went 12-10 in 33 starts for the Indians in 2011.  He struck out 158 hitters in 216 innings with a 3.21 ERA.

Perez had 36 saves for the Indians last season, with 4 blown saves.  He appeared in 64 games, and had a 3.32 ERA.

Joe Smith was 3-3 in 71 relief appearances for the Tribe with a 2.01 ERA.

Shin-Soo Choo had a rough 2011 season.  He missed half of the 2011 season because of injuries and was also arrested on suspicion of DUI.  Choo hit .259 with 8 HR's and 36 RBI's in 85 games.

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