Davis, Indians agree to 1-year deal

Updated: January 18, 2007, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians and reliever Jason Davis avoided salary arbitration Thursday, agreeing to a $670,000, one-year contract.

Davis was 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA and one save in 39 games last season, when he earned $341,700. He asked for $760,000 in arbitration this week and was offered $600,000 by the Indians.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander can earn an additional $20,000 this year in performance bonuses based on appearances. He gets $5,000 each for pitching in 50 and 55 games, and $10,000 for reaching 60 games.

The 26-year-old Davis was one of four Cleveland players who filed for arbitration, but the Indians have not had an arbitration case since 1991. Rafael Betancourt, Jason Michaels and Matt Miller also reached deals, though Michaels still must pass a physical for his $4.25 million, two-year agreement to be finalized.

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