The Cleveland Indians had avoided the awkwardness of an arbitration hearing with one of their players since 1991. However, they couldn't reach an agreement with Vinnie Pestano, so his salary had to be determined by an arbitrator.
It's never a good thing to argue that your player is worth less money than he wants. Still, the Indians won the case, as the arbitrator awarded Pestano slightly less than $1 million, instead of the $1.45 million he was seeking.
The Tribe avoided arbitration with Michael Brantley, signing the outfielder to a four-year contract. However, the team is racing the clock with pitchers Josh Tomlin and Justin Masterson to avoid two more trips to the arbitration table.
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