Right-hander Justin Masterson and left fielder Michael Brantley headline the list of Indians who filed for arbitration Tuesday. A total of 146 players filed, including former Indian Luis Valbuena (Cubs). Masterson and Brantley were joined by lefty relievers Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman, right-hander Josh Tomlin and righty reliever Vinnie Pestano as Indians who filed. Outman's name came off the board Tuesday night when the Indians announced that he had agreed to a one-year deal. Outman recently was acquired from Colorado in the Drew Stubbs trade. Tribe General Manager Chris Antonetti said in an email Monday night that he hoped to have some of the deals done before Friday -- the scheduled day for players and management to exchange salary figures for the upcoming season. In addition to Outman, that list likely will include any combination of Pestano, Tomlin and Rzepczynski. Masterson, the Tribe's No. 1 starter, is the only one of the six who is eligible for free agency after 2014. Masterson and Brantley, the latter coming off a solid season as the regular left fielder, hold the best cards for arbitration. This is usually the time when teams and agents of select players start talking about multiyear deals, as well as seek a one-year solution to avoid arbitration. The Indians have not gone to arbitration since 1991 when Greg Swindell won and Jerry Browne lost. In other news, the Indians have signed outfielder Nyjer Morgan to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, according to Jerry Crasnick of espn.com. Crasnick wrote that Morgan confirmed the signing in an email to espn.com Tuesday. Morgan, 33, batted .294 with 11 homers in the Japan Central League last year. He is a career .280 hitter in the majors. During his time in the states, Morgan liked to be known as "Tony Plush'' or "T-Plush,'' an alter ego that is sure to have Tribe camp hopping. The Indians did not confirm the Morgan signing Tuesday night. At the winter meetings in Orlando, Antonetti said he hoped to keep Masterson for an extended period. Randy Rowley, Masterson’s agent, said his client was more than willing to listen to what the Indians had to say.
RHP Justin Masterson, OF Michael Brantley among Indians who file for arbitration Tuesday
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 15