Indians sign reliever Rafael Betancourt to 2-year deal, avoid arbitration

Updated: January 23, 2008, 6:49 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Rafael Betancourt emerged from the darkness for Cleveland. Five years later, he's one of the Indians' brightest stars.

Betancourt, one of the AL's top relievers last season, agreed Wednesday to a $5.4 million, two-year contract Wednesday with the Indians, who avoided going to salary arbitration with the right-hander.

An unknown free agent with a surgically repaired shoulder when the Indians signed him in 2003, Betancourt received a multiyear deal that includes a $5 million ...

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