CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday signed catcher Chris Bando to a one-year contract, ending the need for a contract arbitration hearing, according to the American League team's front office.

Bando's hearing was set for Saturday in New York. Bando reportedly had sought $247,500 for the 1985 season. The Indians reportedly had offered $185,000.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Bando, 29, split last season between the Indians and the team's Class AAA affiliate, the Maine Guides. He opened the season in Maine, where he hit .261 with three home runs and 13 runs batted in during 29 games. In his 75 games at Cleveland, he hit .291 with 12 homers and 41 RBI.

Bando was the last of several Cleveland players who had sought arbitration but signed prior to a hearing. Team officials said 10 players on the current 40-player roster remain unsigned.

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