Reliever Nick Wittgren has avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Cleveland Indians.

In two seasons with the Indians, Wittgren is 7-1 with four saves in seven opportunities. He has a career 3.36 ERA and 204 strikeouts in 209 innings. In 2020, he was 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 25 appearances, striking out 28 in 23 2/3 innings. He held opponents to a .209 batting average and posted 10.6 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per nine innings with a 0.5 bWAR.

It was his second straight season of strong work in the Indians bullpen. Wittgren struggled in September, but was clutch in Game 2 of the wild-card series with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, while stranding four runners. Lefties hit .178 and righties .244 against him. Wittgren tied teammate James Karinchak for third in the AL with 10 holds. The opposition hit .167 against him with runners in scoring position.

The Indians acquired Wittgren from the Marlins on in February of 2019 after he was designated for assignment. After joining the club from Triple-A Columbus in April, he turned in his best season in the big leagues, going 5-1 with four saves, 12 holds and a 2.81 ERA in 55 games.