Not always in accord, Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians met in the middle on something.
The enigmatic right-hander, whose best season in the majors was tarnished by a postseason drone accident in 2016, avoided salary arbitration with the team by agreeing Thursday to a $3.55-million, one-year contract, more than double the $1,697,500 he earned last year.
Cleveland also came to agreement with reliever Dan Otero on a $1,055,000 deal for 2017.
Bauer, who turns 26 next week, went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in a career-high 190 innings last year and was a valuable member of the rotation.
However, he went 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in four postseason starts, and sliced open the pinkie on his pitching hand while repairing one of his drones during the AL Championship Series. He had his start against Toronto pushed back because of the injury and then had to be pulled from an outing when his stitched wound opened and wouldn't stop bleeding in the first inning.
The Chicago White Sox and reliever Dan Jennings have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.4-million, one-year contract, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. FanRag sports first reported the deal. Jennings made a career-high 64 appearances last year in his second season with the White Sox, going 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA. His 46 strikeouts matched a personal best set in 2015. … Second baseman Darwin Barney has agreed to a $2.88 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, avoiding salary arbitration. …