While the offseason hot stove may have temporarily cooled off, that hasn't stopped teams from making a number of lower-level moves. Be it housekeeping items with arbitration contracts or hammering the waiver wire for diamonds in the rough, MLB teams are busy.
The Cleveland Guardians are no different, as they were able to avoid arbitration with young starting pitcher Zach Plesac. MLB insider Robert Murray shared the details of his contract on Friday morning.
The two sides officially avoided arbitration for this season, settling with the fifth-year pitcher for $2.95 million. That lines up exactly with expectations around his arbitration figure.
Plesac has been subject to a few trade rumors recently, with insiders such as Mike Axisa citing a number of different incidents potentially leading Cleveland to a point of frustration with the 27-year-old. This included Plesac lying about COVID protocols and breaking his hand by punching the mound this past year.
Either way, the Guardians have a wealth of young pitchers waiting in the minor leagues. Three of the Guardians top pitching prospects rank in MLB.com's list of top-100 prospects, including Daniel Espino, Gavin Williams and Tanner Bibee.
Plesac enters his fifth MLB season with a career ERA of 4.04 across 78 starts.
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