Indians, Hannahan agree to 1-year deal
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Third baseman Jack Hannahan and the Cleveland Indians avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known. Players had until noon Tuesday to exchange figures with their club. Hannahan was one of seven Cleveland players eligible for arbitration.
Hannahan was a pleasant surprise last season for the Indians, who signed him to a minor league deal before training camp. After Jason Donald broke his hand, Hannahan won the starting job at third and finished batting .250 (80-for-320) with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 110 games. He made his biggest contribution defensively, leading all AL third baseman with a .983 fielding percentage.
Hannahan will compete for the starting job this spring with Lonnie Chisenhall.