Tribe avoids arbitration with Riske

The Indians signed reliever David Riske to a one-year, $1.8 million deal Monday.

I know, big news. Still, Riske figures to be a key guy again in the middle of the ‘pen, though if the Indians have a hard time settling on a right-handed set-up guy, Riske could occassionally find himself in for some eighth-inning duty. Fernando Cabrera looks like the best fit for that role right now, and Matt Miller and Rafael Betancourt also could get a shot. Of course, the key is for Wickman to stay healthy so that our biggest concern this year will be who his set-up man will be and not his replacement.

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