Days before starting the 2015 season, the Cleveland Indians have reportedly given reigning American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber a long-term contract extension. 

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Report: Kluber, Indians Reach Deal

Saturday, Apr. 4

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Kluber‘s deal with the Indians is done as long as he passes a team physical, and it provides security for both sides.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report that the Indians and Kluber were on the verge of an extension:

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the length of Kluber‘s deal:

Kluber‘s contract has been a hot topic for the Indians this offseason. He was still in his pre-arbitration years and agreed to a one-year deal on March 11, but the two sides kept the dialogue going with the hopes of striking a long-term deal.

The Indians did hold a lot of leverage with Kluber because he graduated to the big leagues at the age of 25 in 2011 and didn’t have his breakout season until the age of 28, so the team had three additional years of control after 2015.

However, by signing Kluber to an extension, the Indians keep their best pitcher happy in anticipation of Opening Day. This is also a nice change of pace for the franchise, which had to trade its last two Cy Young winners (CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee) due to financial constraints.

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