CLEVELAND — The Indians ended the season without a defined closer in their bullpen and it could be months before the club has clarity for that role on the roster.
Chris Perez served as the 9th-inning man for the Tribe for virtually the entire 2013 season, posting a 4.33 ERA with 25 saves in 30 chances and 54 strikeouts in 54 innings (54 appearances.) However, Perez lost his job as Cleveland’s closer on the final weekend of the regular season after struggling on the mound for the better part of two months at the end of the season, posting a 7.52 ERA from August 1st to the end of the season.
This winter, the two-time All-Star is eligible for arbitration for the final time, and his potential salary complicates his situation further heading into the 2014 season. Perez, who earned $7.3 million through arbitration last offseason, could be in line for a salary around $8-10 million for 2014, priming the 28-year-old right-hander to possibly be traded or non-tendered this offseason.
Source: Jordan Bastian MLB.com