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Guardians ink Stephan to 4-year extension reportedly worth $10M

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The Cleveland Guardians have signed right-handed reliever Trevor Stephan to a four-year contract extension that includes two team options in 2027 and 2028, the team announced Thursday.

The deal, which kicks in immediately, is worth $10 million, reports FanSided's Robert Murray. The options, if exercised, will pay Stephan $7.25 million in 2027 and $7.5 million in 2028; both figures can increase by $1 million through incentives.

Stephan is coming off a breakout campaign, during which he authored a 2.69 ERA and 2.19 FIP over 63 2/3 innings, making 66 appearances and notching three saves.

The 27-year-old was slated to be arbitration-eligible next winter and wasn't able to hit free agency until after the 2026 season. Stephan's reported extension will cover at least one free-agent year and two if the team exercises both options.

This spring, Stephan allowed five runs on four hits and six walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings of work.

Cleveland also signed All-Star second baseman Andres Gimenez to a seven-year extension Thursday.

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