Cleveland – Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it.
Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old agreed Jan. 15 to a $2.25 million, one-year deal that avoided salary arbitration. The new agreement adds a $2.5 million salary for 2017 and gives the Indians a $3 million club option for 2018 with a $750,000 buyout.
Tomlin can make another $2 million annually in performance bonuses based innings and starts in 2017 and, if the option is exercised, in 2018.
Tomlin might have been able to secure a larger deal as a free agent after the ’16 season, but he feels loyalty to the Indians, who have stuck with him through some bumpy times.
“I wasn’t really looking towards the future and saying, ‘OK, this guy is getting this much money and I could potentially have that kind of money,’ ” he said. “That was really never in my head. It was the Cleveland Indians want to give me a shot and I’m all about it.”
Tomlin returned from shoulder surgery last year to go 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts. He was one of the AL’s best pitchers in September, when the Indians were still in the thick of a playoff race.
“I was able to get back and pitch the way everybody else was pitching,” he said from Texas during a telephone conference call. “I wanted to carry my own weight.”