The Cleveland Indians are continuing to shore up the core of their starting rotation, which they began by giving their ace Corey Kluber a five-year, $38 million contract extension.
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No. 2 starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco received a three-year contract extension shortly after, and it will run through 2018 with two option years.
Kluber won the American League Cy Young Award for the Indians last season, as he went 18-9 with a 2.44 earned run average and 269 strikeouts.
Carrasco experienced a breakout season with an 8-7 record and 2.55 earned run average in 14 starts, and he also struck out 140 batters in 134 innings.
The young Indians pitcher had previous experience as a starter in 2012 with 21 starts, but his first full season was forgettable as he compiled a 4.62 ERA.
In 2013, he was suspended for hitting third baseman Kevin Youkilis and bounced back and forth between the majors and minors.
He eventually found his groove and figures to be a future All-Star with a bargain contract, assuming it is less than what Kluber was paid.