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Rotowire: Jan 13 / 11:05a ET
News: Salazar agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million contract with the Indians on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Impact: Salazar was cruising through what looked destined to be a career year, posting sub-2.50 ERAs in each of the first three months. Unfortunately, elbow and forearm issues derailed his season. While Salazar did make it back for the World Series, he served as a long reliever rather than as a starter. If 100 percent healthy, he should return to the rotation his spring.
Rotowire: Oct 24 / 1:47p ET
News: Salazar (forearm) was informed that he will make the Indians' World Series roster, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game over the weekend, and it appears that it went well enough to warrant a roster spot on baseball's biggest stage. It's unclear what type of role the right-hander will fill, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said that Salazar could throw 65-to-70 pitches if need be, meaning that making a start is still not out of the realm of possibility for the 26-year-old.
Rotowire: Oct 21 / 11:41a ET
News: Salazar (forearm) will throw simulated games over the weekend and has not been ruled out as a rotation option for the World Series, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This is huge news, as the Indians rotation has been decimated recently due to injuries, so getting Salazar back into the fold would be a big help for the AL champs. Naturally, nothing is certain yet, but it seems like the right-hander has turned a corner in his rehab and is close to contributing to the Indians' title push.