Cleveland Guardians avoid arbitration with Shane Bieber, six others

FILE - Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 6, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. The Guardians reached agreement Friday, Jan. 13, with Bieber on a $10 million contract for next season and avoided salary arbitration. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The Guardians won’t have an arbitration hearing in 2023.

On Friday, the club agreed to one-year deals with all seven arbitration-eligible players on the roster — starting pitchers Shane Bieber ($10.01 million), Cal Quantrill ($5.55 million), Zach Plesac ($2.95 million) and Aaron Civale ($2.6 million), shortstop Amed Rosario ($7.8 million), first baseman Josh Naylor ($3.35 million) and reliever James Karinchak ($1.5 million) — a source confirmed to the Beacon Journal.

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The $33.76 million added in salary brings the Guardians’ estimated 2023 payroll to $91 million, according to FanGraphs’ calculations. It was $51 million 2021 and $69 million last season, a steep decline after it hit $140 million in 2018 and $124 million in 2019.

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