Two days after the Cleveland Indians signed Corey Kluber to a five-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday that it has signed Carlos Carrasco to a four-year Major League contract thru the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2020.
Carrasco, 28, posted a mark of 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 40 games/14 starts between the starting rotation and bullpen in 2014 (134.0IP, 103H, 38ER, 29BB, 140SO, .209AVG). Upon re-entering the rotation on August 10, Carlos posted a mark of 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA over his final 10 starts of the season (69.0IP, 45H, 10ER, 78SO), the lowest ERA in the American League over the span. His season-long ERA of 2.55 was the second-lowest by a Cleveland pitcher since 1970 among pitchers with at least 134.0IP.
The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native owns a career Major League record of 19-26 with a 4.30 ERA in 88 games/54 starts with Cleveland (372.1IP, 384H, 178ER, 304SO) since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a six-player trade in July of 2009. He is slated to make his 2015 debut against the Houston Astros tonight at Minute Maid Park. He recorded his first career shutout in Houston last September 17, a two-hit, 12 strikeout performance.
Also, throughout this week, the Indians will release photos of a new portion of the renovated Right Field District at Progressive Field. Those photos included the expanded Kids Clubhouse and new Family Deck, which feature new interactive games and more.