Shane Bieber hopes to discuss a new contract with the Cleveland Indians as soon as this spring.
The 25-year-old led baseball in wins, ERA and strikeouts during the shortened 2020 season.
"It's absolutely something I'd be open to," Bieber said of a long-term deal. "In terms of conversations, it really hasn't happened yet, so that's something I'd love to dive into and hopefully that will be reciprocated as well."
Chris Antonetti, the team's president of baseball operations, wouldn't comment specifically on any planned talks with Bieber while hinting that Cleveland might be able to do something with him in the not-too-distant future.
"We've found it most constructive not to talk about individual circumstances with particular players," he said. "Setting that aside, obviously, Shane represents all the things we would want our players to be, both on the field, the teammate he is, the way he prepares, the way he competes.
"We are hopeful that Shane will be here for a really long time to come."
Bieber is likely to earn about $575,000 this season.