This year's ​MLB offseason has been a time of great uncertainty for the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff, as nearly everyone has heard their name in trade rumors at some point.


On Thursday, one pitcher got some peace of mind, as Carlos Carrasco signed an extension to stay with the team for the foreseeable future. 

The 31-year-old has been a mainstay in Cleveland's rotation since 2011, and has flourished into one of the most reliable pitchers in the league since his breakout 2015 campaign. 


It's no surprise that the team decided to commit to Carrasco long-term, as trade rumors have become refocused around his other rotation mates. Last season he went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 192 innings, completing his fourth year in a row of double-digit wins and a sub-3.70 ERA. 


He will likely be the anchor of the Indians' rotation moving forward, as trade talks around Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer have heated up in recent weeks. 

Even if both of those guys end up getting dealt, the AL Central as a whole is weak enough that Cleveland can still sleepwalk to first place on the strength of a rotation led by Carrasco, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber. 


A lot more will now be expected of Carrasco, and there's little doubt that he'll be able to thrive in the role as the ace of the staff