CLEVELAND — The Indians and Trevor Bauer will find out sometime in the next several days who won their arbitration case to determine Bauer’s salary for the 2019 season.
Bauer and the Indians went through their second arbitration hearing in as many years on Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Last year Bauer and his representatives from Wasserman Media Group beat the Indians. He received a salary of $6.525 million compared to the Indians’ offer of $5.3 million.
The stakes are higher this year. Bauer filed for a $13 million in January, while the Indians countered at $11 million. MLBtraderumors.com projected that Bauer could make $11.6 million in arbitration, but there is no middle ground once the two sides go to a hearing. The arbitration panel can pick only the player or team’s salary figure after listening to deliberations from both sides.
Bauer is the first Indians player to beat the team in arbitration since Greg Swindell i n 1991.
In 2017 Bauer went 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 32 games, including 31 starts. He was better last year, going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 28 games, including 27 starts. He made his first All-Star Game, blew past 200 strikeouts (221) for the first time in his career and finished sixth in the AL Cy Young voting. Bauer’s season would have been better, but he was hit by a line drive on Aug. 11 and suffered a stress fracture of the right fibula.
The injury kept Bauer on the disabled list from Aug. 12 through Sept. 20. He returned to make three appearances before the end of the regular season. Bauer made three relief appearances in the ALDS against Houston.
To date six arbitration verdicts have been rendered. They’ve been split evenly between players and teams.
The Indians had eight players eligible for arbitration after last season. Bauer is the only one who went the distance. Cody Anderson, Nick Goody, Francisco Lindor, Leonys Martin, Neil Ramirez, Kevin Plawecki and Danny Salazar reached settlements.
Green lighted: Outfielder Matt Joyce and right-hander Alex Wilson passed their physicals on Saturday. which means they’ll come to spring training with the Indians on minor league contracts. The Indians have 19 non-roster players coming to spring training on minor league deals.
The Indians open camp in Goodyear, Ariz. on Tuesday.