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Chris Perez to make $7.3 million

Updated: January 18, 2013, 3:24 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Indians signed All-Star closer Chris Perez to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration with the colorful right-hander and several others.

Perez, who had 39 saves last season when he also caused controversy with some pointed comments, will earn $7.3 million next season. Perez has 98 saves over the past three seasons.

The club also agreed to deals on Friday with starter Justin Masterson, relievers Joe Smith and Matt Albers, outfielder Drew Stubbs and catcher ...

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