It is starting to sound like the pitcher who was better than anyone last year in the shortened Majors may have to wait to get an extension from his team.
The pitcher is AL Cy Young award winner Shane Bieber, and the team that he’s waiting on an offer from are the Cleveland Indians, who always seem to cry poor no matter the circumstances.
Bieber and the Tribe have spoken about an extension to keep him in the city with the “Rock N’ Roll” Hall of Fame, but the sides haven’t been able to get a deal done.
Now Bieber says that it might have to take another full season for the sides to come together and get something done to keep him in Clevelad.
“I haven’t really gotten into very many talks, at least in-depth. With Opening Day coming up right here, right in front of us, I think that’ll be what it is until maybe next offseason,” Bieber said.
The Indians do have time to get Bieber locked up for a new deal, as he won’t reach arbitration eligibility until next offseason, and he is under team control through the 2024 season.
Last season the 25-year-old was the best pitcher in baseball, leading the American League in wins, ERA and strikeouts.
He had a league-best 1.63 ERA, eight wins and 221 strikeouts taking home the Cy Young in dominating fashion.
Cleveland has been trading starters away the last few seasons to try and rebuild, as the club has moved the likes of Corey Kluber (Texas), Trevor Bauer (Cincinnati), Mike Clevinger (San Diego), and Carlos Carrasco (New York Mets).
In three seasons as starter Bieber is 34-14 with the Tribe.