The Indians, it seems, have adopted a file-and-trial approach to arbitration.

It means that the next time they sit down to negotiate with right-hander Trevor Bauer, it will be in front of three arbitrators who will determine his salary for 2018. The Indians have offered $5.3 million, while Bauer is seeking $6.52 million.

Bauer's hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8. He made $3.55 million last season.

The Indians went into the offseason with seven players eligible for arbitration including Bauer, Cody Allen, Lonnie Chisenhall, Abraham Almonte, Dan Otero, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar. They were able to avoid arbitration with six of them.