THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, December 7, 2018
CLEVELAND Carlos Carrasco's career has taken some dramatic turns, rerouted by elbow surgery, a therapeutic trip to the bullpen and several freakish injuries.
He persevered, blossoming into a special pitcher - and person - for the Cleveland Indians.
They're going to keep him around.
The three-time AL Central champions and Carrasco agreed Thursday to a US$47-million four-year contract, a deal that includes US$37.25-million in new guaranteed money and could keep him in a Cleveland uniform through the 2023 season.
Carrasco, who has won 35 games over the past two seasons, will make US$9.75-million next season, the same as his prior deal, and US$10.25-million in 2020 - the same amount as the club's previous option for that season. Cleveland added on two more seasons at US$12-million each, and the team holds a 2023 option for US$14-million with a US$3-million buyout.
For cash-conscious Cleveland, the 31-year-old Carrasco is invaluable.
He's a core member of one of baseball's best rotations, which could be changed this winter if Cleveland trades either two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber or all-star Trevor Bauer to address outfield needs.
"As we looked at the continuity of our rotation, we feel Carlos can continue to be a key cog in that," Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. "When we had the opportunity to discuss with him the opportunity to extend his term here, it was something we thought would make a lot of sense for us. And we're really happy we were able to do that, because it does help in our planning efforts moving forward.
"We want to do what we can to improve our team, not just in 2019 but in the years beyond that as well."
Carrasco went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts last season, finishing with a career-high 231 strikeouts as Cleveland became the first team to have four pitchers reach 200 strikeouts in the same season.