Betancourt stays with Indians

Jan 23, 2008 - 8:21 PM CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration with Rafael Betancourt on Wednesday, signing the reliever to a new two-year contract with a club option for 2010.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on its web site that the deal is worth $5.4 million.

Betancourt posted a 5-1 record with three saves and a 1.47 ERA in 68 appearances last season, working primarily as the setup man for closer Joe Borowski.

The 32-year-old Betancourt has a career mark of 19-16 with 12 saves and a 2.80 ERA in 273 games. The righthander has spent his entire five-year career with the Indians, first signing as a free agent in 2003.

Betancourt began his career as an infielder in the Boston Red Sox organization.

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