Indians avoid arbitration with Stubbs, Marson

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The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration with outfielder Drew Stubbs and catcher Lou Marson on Friday, signing both players to one-year contracts.

Stubbs was acquired by the Indians on Dec. 11 as part of a three-team, nine- player deal involving Arizona and Cincinnati, where Stubbs had spent his first four seasons.

The eighth overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, Stubbs hit a career-low .213 with 14 home runs, 40 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 136 games with the Reds last season.

Marson, 26, batted .226 with 13 RBI over 70 games with Cleveland last season, his fourth with the club.

The Indians also avoided arbitration with pitchers Matt Albers, Joe Smith, Chris Perez and Justin Masterson.

Albers finished the 2012 season with a career-low 2.39 ERA and a 3-1 record in 63 combined appearances for the Red Sox and Diamondbacks.

Smith went 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA across 72 appearances with the Tribe in 2012.

Perez racked up a career-high 39 saves for the Indians in 2012. He went 0-4 with a 3.59 ERA. The hard-throwing right-hander has recorded 98 saves for Cleveland over the last three seasons.

Masterson went 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 34 starts last year for the Indians.