Guardians Sign Another Core Piece To Long-Term Deal

The Cleveland Guardians continue to sign key pieces of their young core to long-term extensions. Andres Gimenez was done Tuesday morning, now it's right-handed reliever Trevor Stephan.

It's a four-year, $10M deal with two club options for Stephan, who, in his second major league season in 2022, proved himself to be a vital part of the Cleveland bullpen. 

The 27-year-old posted a 2.69 ERA in 63.2 innings, with a 1.18 WHIP, while striking out 11.6 batters per nine innings with an 82:18 K:BB ratio. He was in the 98th percentile across all of baseball in opponents’ barrel rate. 

Stephan was a Rule 5 pick in December 2020 for the Guardians, as they plucked the former third-round pick from the New York Yankees, and he more than earned his keep in 2021, then stepped it up to another level this past season. 

He even made four appearances in the postseason, allowing one run on no hits.

He'll be one of the top set-up men for the Guardians this season, and could be in line for some save opportunities in any absence of Emmanuel Clase. 

Another shrewd move by the Cleveland front office to lock up another key piece. 

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