Pestano: “No bad blood” with Indians front office

Baseball has a business side to it and sometimes people don’t see eye-to-eye. There’s no bad blood or hard feelings whatsoever on either side. I respect Chris [Antonetti] and the organization and in no way am I unhappy with them. I’m grateful for the contract offer. They have a performance bonus schedule in place and stick to it. For the first time in my career I’m at a point where I can say thank you, but no thank you . . . I exercised that option.

— Cleveland Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano, via text to the Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, in repsonse to the team renewing his contract from last season after failing to negotiate a long-term deal. Pestano was renewed for $501,000, representing a $9,800 raise over last season’s salary. In 2012, Pestano went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA and set a club record with 36 holds. Per Hoynes, the team has not renewed a player since 2006 (Brandon Phillips). The offer presented to Pestano is unknown at this time.

[Related: Jon talks Vinnie Pestano, NFL salary caps and more – WFNY Podcast]

  • Natedawg86


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pony up or he gone!

  • Jaker

    Pay him!

  • Many people want him to stay and Perez gone… why would you pay perez and not this guy?

  • mgbode

    because you HAVE to pay Perez and you don’t have to pay Pestano, yet.

  • nj0

    People do not seem to understand how the business of baseball works.

  • nj0

    I don’t follow MLB contracts close enough to know, but I have to imagine a team agreeing to a deal with a reliever that eats up a pre-arb year as well as his arb years is rare as a yeti.

  • nj0

    Yes, in 2017.

  • Steve


    They don’t have to pay him a dollar more than he just did, and if he stays this good, he’ll make plenty in his arb and FA years, when he won’t be giving you that goodwill back.

  • Harv 21

    As the WFNY cliche goes, nothing to see here, move on, folks.

    Like every player with early success, Vinnie has earned a right to start contemplating a potential nice future payday. And the team has a right to maybe dangle some mild bait while hedging on a bigger offer against the possibility that he’ll blow his arm out in the next couple years. If the farm system starts producing multiple legit arms, the set up role should be fine.