Last month Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti indicated that the team was headed for arbitration hearings with more than one eligible player.
That happened with relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano, and on Saturday the arbitrator ruled in favor of the Indians.
CLE has a busy arbitration schedule, and for starters, they won the case with Vinnie Pestano. He’ll make $975K in ’14, rather than $1.45M.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 8, 2014
Pestano made 37 appearances for the Indians in 2013, including a brief stint as the closer back in May. Overall he went 1-2 with six saves and a 4.08 ERA. An elbow injury derailed his season, landing him on the disabled list and then eventually forcing a stint down in the minor leagues.
As a guy who must rebound in 2014, it is hard to imagine the case he thought he had over the Indians in arbitration. It was probably in his best interest to try and settle for a number at or just below the middle point, but he apparently thought his success in previous seasons (2011 and 2012 in particular) had earned him a bigger number.
Pestano will make $975,000 in 2014, still a bump over the $500,000 he made in 2013 but not as much as he was hoping to get.