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Indians expected to exercise Fausto Carmona’s option

Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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Matthew noted earlier that the Indians are expected to decline Grady Sizemore‘s $9 million option for 2012, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead.

Fausto Carmona will meet a different fate.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Cleveland front office is planning to exercise the right-hander’s $7 million club option for next season when contract option decisions are due on Monday.

Carmona posted a rough 5.25 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 32 starts this year, striking out only 109 batters and issuing 60 walks across 188 2/3 innings. But $7 million isn’t a bad rate for a starting pitcher these days, especially one who would seem to have enough talent to mount a bounceback campaign in 2012. He’ll likely serve as the Tribe’s No. 3 starter next season.

  1. alfreddigs - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    With no. 3 starters like this, who needs no. 5 starters??

  2. mgscott - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    This is a wise move. Fausto pitched better as the season went on and you can never have enough pitching.

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