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Indians Exercise Jackson’s Option

December 2, 1997

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians on Monday exercised the 1999 option for right-hander Mike Jackson, their most consistent reliever who posted a 0.68 ERA in the postseason.

Jackson was 2-5 with a 3.24 ERA and career-high 15 saves in 1997. He allowed only one earned run in 13 playoff appearances as the Indians won their second AL pennant in three years.

Jackson, 32, made $2 million last season and will be paid the same in 1998. He filled in as the Indians’ closer at the beginning of the season while Jose Mesa struggled after being found innocent of a rape charge.

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