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Players Eligible for a Raise through Arbitration for 2013 (2012 Salaries Provided)
Shin-Soo Choo, right field - $4.9 million
Chris Perez, closer - $4.5 million
Justin Masterson, right-handed starting pitcher - $3.83 million
Kevin Slowey, right-handed starting pitcher - $2.75 million
Rafael Perez, left-handed relief pitcher - $2 million
Joe Smith, right-handed relief pitcher - $1.75 million
Jack Hannahan, third baseman - $1.14 million
Tony Sipp, left-handed relief pitcher - $504,900
Shelley Duncan, outfielder- $500,000
Lou Marson, catcher - $491,700
Choo could get a significant raise or force his way out via trade, as Scott Boras is his agent. He will be a free agent after the 2013 season, and he will probably price his way out of Cleveland unless Mark Cuban buys the club from the Dolan family.
Chris Perez still has two years of arbitration eligibility. He could get very, very expensive, very, very fast. His 29 saves and ERA under 3.00 will allow him to make a case for a substantial raise, which is why he could be traded.
Masterson's name came up in trade rumors at the deadline; his up-coming raise probably had something to do with that. He is a solid innings-eater for the Indians, but he just has not found much consistency.
Slowey has been hurt since late May and has started all of eight games, all at Triple-A Columbus. He will probably be non-tendered. He is 39-29 in his career in the majors, but his 4.69 career ERA is not worth what he could earn in arbitration.
Rafael Perez and Smith have been very good bullpen arms, though Perez has missed significant time with an injury in 2012. Smith is the middle-inning arm that helps get the game to Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez, and he has watched along with Pestano and Perez, as several others have given away leads or made it worse all season.
Hannahan is a bench bat who is a defensive replacement. He is not worthy of a platoon and certainly is not an everyday player. He has been miscast in that role for most of the season, and it shows. He is worth a slight raise, but his role could change or he could be gone if the Indians commit to Lonnie Chisenhall, which they should.
Sipp is a solid left-handed arm who should only face left-handed batters. He has been left in against right-handers, and he is not good when that happens. He is a mop-up guy right now, which can be filled for what he made this year.
It probably is not worth giving him a raise when they can fill his role with cheaper talent, but he is left-handed and breathing, so he will probably be back.
Marson is a solid backup to Carlos Santana, and he can play a few times per week if the Tribe moves Santana to first base or DH to keep him fresh. He has not had much success gunning down runners this season, but he was once a highly-touted prospect; and he can get on base and hit (without much power).
Shelley Duncan...I do not know what Duncan is worth. He can really hit, but he is not consistent; however, neither is his playing time.
Duncan is a nice power bat to have as a fourth outfielder or a platoon partner, but you have to wonder if he deserves to keep getting the chances that he has when you have Matt LaPorta in Triple-A capable of providing the same thing in the majors.
This group is all over the place. Choo, Masterson, Chris Perez, Smith, Rafael Perez and Marson are locks to get their raises and continue as pieces to the puzzle in 2013. The rest of them are replaceable, in my opinion, so they could be non-tendered.