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Shin-Soo Choo, Indians avoid arbitration

Updated: January 17, 2012, 6:33 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Five down, two to go.

The Cleveland Indians wasted no time in avoiding salary arbitration with key players Tuesday, agreeing to terms on one-year contracts for 2012 with right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, All-Star closer Chris Perez, starter Justin Masterson, reliever Joe Smith and third baseman Jack Hannahan.

Only All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and left-handed reliever Rafael Perez remain unsigned.

The Indians haven't gone to an arbitration hearing with a ...

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