Cleveland Indians agree to 1-year deals with All-Star closer Chris Perez

CLEVELAND — All-Star closer Chris Perez and the Cleveland Indians have locked up a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

Perez, who had 36 saves last season, will make $4.5 million in 2012. He earned $2.25 million last season, when he developed into one of the AL’s premier finishers.

The 26-year-old had 36 saves in 40 tries, ending the year with a save in his final nine chances.

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