We came into the offseason thinking the Cleveland Indians could trade Corey Kluber and/or Carlos Carrasco. After all, they let outfielder Michael Brantley walk. But on Thursday afternoon, they would extend the 31-year-old Carrasco through 2022. And it doesn’t come at too much of a cost, per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel.
Carlos Carrasco's new contract, per source:
2023: $14M club option or a $3M buyout
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) December 6, 2018
Plus, he’s been rolling pretty consistently since the 2015 season. The Indians put out these numbers along with their announcement this afternoon.
We have signed Carlos Carrasco to a contract extension through 2022! ?
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 6, 2018
This past season, he put up a 3.38 ERA, 2.97 FIP and 2.91 DRA across 192 innings. His season before that was just a little bit better. In 2017, he would finish with a 3.29 ERA, 3.08 FIP and 2.79 DRA. This past season saw him strike out nearly 30% of opposing batters (29.5%) — almost a career-high. His walk rate remains low, as he put just 5.5% of opposing batters on base via the free pass this past season.
Meanwhile, the Indians are coming off a 91-win season. But they would get swept out of town by the Houston Astros in the divisional round. The season before that, they blew a 2-0 ALDS lead to the New York Yankees. And the season before that, Cleveland blew a 3-1 World Series lead to the Chicago Cubs.
But if they’re keeping Carrasco, surely that means Kluber will stick around as well? We’ll find out soon enough.