By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians and closer Cody Allen reached agreement on a $4.15 million contract for next season to avoid arbitration.
Allen had 34 saves in 70 games last season, his fourth with Cleveland. The 27-year-old had a 2.99 ERA and converted in all but four of his outings. He recorded 16 straight saves during one stretch and saved 31 of his final 34 opportunities.
He started slowly, going 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in April but settled in and established himself as one of the AL's top closers. Left-handed hitters batted just .176 (22 of 125) against him.
With Allen's contract finalized for 2016, the Indians are trying to reach deals with starter Josh Tomlin, reliever Jeff Manship and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who are all for arbitration.
The Indians and reliever Bryan Shaw agreed to a $2.75 million contract for next season on Thursday.