Versatile Blake avoids arbitration with new deal from Indians

Updated: February 1, 2008, 4:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Third baseman Casey Blake avoided arbitration by agreeing Friday to a $6.1 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Blake, who can become a free agent after this season, had been seeking $6.9 million. Cleveland offered $5.4 million to the versatile 34-year-old, who made $3.75 million last year.

Blake, who signed with the Indians as a free agent in 2002, hit .270 with 18 homers last season. He began last season at first base and as backup outfielder, ...

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