Indians exercise contract options on starter Carrasco

Indians exercise contract options on starter Carrasco
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, Mo. The Indians have picked up their $9.75 million contract option on Carlos Carrasco for next season. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have picked up their .75 million contract option on starter Carlos Carrasco for next season.

Carrasco has developed into one of the AL’s best pitchers. The team has another option for 2020 on the right-hander, who has won 35 games over the past two seasons.

The team declined their million option next season on outfielder Brandon Guyer, who battled through injuries last season. He’ll get a ,000 buyout and become a free agent.

The Indians were facing deadlines this week on both players.

The 31-year-old Carrasco went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts last season. He also recorded a team-high 231 strikeouts as the Indians became the first team in baseball history to have four pitchers top the 200-strikeout plateau.

Guyer, 32, batted .206 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 103 games.

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