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Lou Marson and Indians avoid arbitration for $1 million

Jan 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Cleveland has avoided arbitration with Lou Marson, signing the backup catcher to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Marson was arbitration eligible for the first time at age 27 after logging between 235 and 295 plate appearances in each of the past three seasons. He hasn’t developed as much as hoped offensively, hitting just .220 with a .609 OPS in 258 career games, but Marson has thrown out 32 percent of attempted steals.

He’ll once again serve as Carlos Santana‘s backup after starting 81, 74, and 64 games in the past three years.

  1. frankenderek - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    How’d that Cliff Lee deal work out?

    • delsj - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Perhaps Ruben Amaro felt so bad about screwing Cleveland so bad in his first big trade that he vowed to be much more generous in all future trades.

  2. professormaddog31 - Jan 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I saw Lou in the lobby of the Minneapolis W last year before the Twins/Indians series. I am not a tall individual by any stretch of the imagination, but Lou was surprisingly short. It gave me pause; sure, it was about 2:00 am and I had enjoyed a couple of pints at Brit’s, but at first glance I really thought it was a weary businessman, not a major leaguer.

    On a similar note, Shelley Duncan wears a suit well.

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