Indians, Martin agree to $3M, 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

October 31, 2018
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Leonys Martin runs out a ground ball during the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Cleveland. Martin and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a 1-year, $3 million contract for next season. Martin survived a life-threatening illness last season after coming over in a trade from Detroit. He was arbitration eligible. The Indians expect Martin to be ready for the start of spring training following his medical ordeal, which was the result of him contracting a viral bacteria. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Outfielder Leonys Martin has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians months after he survived a life-threatening illness.

Martin and the club avoided salary arbitration Wednesday with the deal.

The 30-year-old was obtained by the Indians last season in a trade before the July non-waiver deadline from Detroit. Shortly after he arrived, Martin contracted a serious bacterial infection that affected his vital organs. Martin’s condition rapidly worsened before doctors were able to treat and destroy the infection.

Martin played in just six games for the Indians, who acquired him after Bradley Zimmer got hurt.

The Indians are confident Martin will be ready for the start of training camp.

Martin batted .255 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 84 games for the Tigers and Indians. He has also played for the Cubs, Mariners and Rangers.


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