CLEVELAND (AP) Chris Perez converted saves and stirred up controversy last season. And for his efforts, the All-Star earned a handsome raise.
Perez signed a one-year contract on Friday with the Cleveland Indians, who avoided salary arbitration with the colorful right-hander and five other players.
Perez, who had 39 saves last season when he also made pointed comments about the team's sagging attendance and owner, will earn $7.3 million next season. He made $4.5 million in 2012.
He went 0-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 61 games, but had 39 saves in 43 tries. Perez has 98 saves over the past three seasons. Perez will be eligible for arbitration for the final time next winter.
The Indians also agreed to deals on Friday with starter Justin Masterson ($5,687,500), relievers Joe Smith ($3.15 million) and Matt Albers ($1.75 million), outfielder Drew Stubbs ($2,825,000) and catcher Lou Marson ($1 million). Stubbs and Albers came to Cleveland last month in a three-team trade with Arizona and Cincinnati.
Infielder Mike Aviles filed for salary arbitration, asking for $3.4 million while the team offered $2.4 million. He was acquired on Nov. 3 in a trade with Toronto. Last season, Aviles batted .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs for Boston.
The Indians have not gone to arbitration with a player since 1991, when both Greg Swindell and Jerry Browne had hearings.
COLUMBUS — Alex Ovechkin confidently predicted earlier this week that the Caps were going to win twice at Nationwide Arena and take their first round series back to Washington knotted, two games apiece.
And, on Thursday night, that’s exactly what Ovechkin made sure his team did.
No. 8, who was playing in his franchise-record 101st playoff game, scored his third goal of the playoffs early in the final frame and the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Game 4.
Tarik’s Three Stars of Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 4
1. Tom Wilson, Capitals
After a slow (and penalty plagued) start to this series, Wilson has become a force. Yes, he took another minor.
But the good is far outweighing the bad these days. Big Willy recorded a goal, an assist and a team-high seven shots.
2. Braden Holtby, Capitals
Holtby had his best game in, well, a long time. He stopped 23 shots, including all eight he saw in a contentious second period.
The goal he surrendered was a nearly unstoppable tip-in by Boone Jenner.
3. T.J. Oshie, Capitals
Osh just plays the game so dang hard.
So it should come as no surprise that he delivered in his team’s biggest game of the season to this point. Oshie, of course, scored the game-winning goal on the power play midway through the second period. It was No. 77’s second tally of the series.
Let us know what you think in the comments.
The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record.
It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.
But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now.
Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season.
Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East.
What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week.
Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak.
Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.
But remember, once the games start, anything can happen.
(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)
— Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins