Indians give Carrasco four-year contract

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City Mo. The Indians have signed Carrasco to a new

Indians sign right-hander Carlos Carrasco to extension through 2022 season

The Cleveland Indians have exercised their 2020 option on Carlos Carrasco and signed him to a two-year extension that takes him through the 2022 season.

Carrasco, 31, has been among the most underrated arms in Major League Baseball over the past two seasons, pitching to a combined 35-16 record with a 3.33 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.

Cleveland intends to trade at least one of its front line starters, but now that Carrasco is under this team-friendly deal for several years, it'll nearly certainly be Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber on the block.

The couple has donated their time, and raised money and collected resources for the less fortunate through the Carlos Carrasco Foundation.

Carrasco is more affordable than Kluber, though the former Cy Young Award victor is still under contract with what many would consider a team-friendly deal.

He will likely be the anchor of the Indians' rotation moving forward, as trade talks around Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer have heated up in recent weeks.

"We want to do what we can to improve our team not just in 2019 but in the years beyond that as well". He went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 231/43 K/BB ratio in 192 innings.

He has played his entire career with Cleveland after arriving in the 2009 blockbuster trade that sent Cliff Lee to Philadelphia. Two years later, the Indians had him pitch part of the season in the bullpen - a move, Antonetti said, that was the turning point for the right-hander. "Carlos has always had a great complement of stuff".

Bauer is also coming off an outstanding season in which he went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 28 starts.

If not for some unlucky injuries — he's been struck with several line drives, including one in 2016 that kept him out of the postseason — Carrasco would have more than 79 career wins.

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