Off the Record (OTR)

Indians pay Carlos Carrasco

For the most part, when Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. was landing big name after big name in exchange for prospects, those young players never amounted to much. And considering the guys he acquired like Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt, and the amount of prospects he had to part with, you’d think a few would be superstars by now.

Most haven’t panned out, so it’s not a huge deal. But, one pitcher who was sent to the Cleveland Indians in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade, seems to be doing pretty well. Carlos Carrasco struggled for a while, but at age 28, he’s coming of a season in which he had a 2.55 ERA.

The Indians apparently noticed. They signed Carrasco to a four-year extension for $22 million.

“Official: Indians sign RHP Carlos Carrasco to a four-year extension (2015-18) with two team options. Details,” tweets Jordan Bastian of

This will keep him in Cleveland until 2018, with two more team options after that. Seems like a pretty damn good deal for the Indians if he continues to pitch like this.

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