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Indians, Drew Stubbs avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 17, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians and outfielder Drew Stubbs have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.825 million contract. The deal includes $50,000 in possible performance bonuses.

Stubbs was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and remains under team control through 2015. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Reds in December after batting .213/.277/.333 with 14 home runs, 30 stolen bases and a .610 OPS in 136 games last season. He owns a .241/.312/.386 batting line over his first four seasons in the majors.

Stubbs has exclusively played center field in the big leagues and is known as a strong defender, so it’s safe to assume that’s where he’ll fit with the Indians, but Michael Brantley will get a chance to compete for the spot during spring training. Whoever gets passed over for center field will slide over to left.

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