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The Indians are negotiating a long term deal with Asdrubal Cabrera

Feb 3, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said this morning that the team is negotiating a long-term extension with Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera, who is 26, is coming off a great year: he hit .273/.332/.460 and socked 25 homers, scored 87 runs, drove in 92 and stole 17 bases.

Still: that was basically an explosion in production. There was some suggestion in his last previous full season that the power was developing — it was more doubles power — but it’s possible that 2011 was a bit of a fluke.

Not saying that a long-term deal is a bad idea — shortstop talent is scarce and the Tribe should lock him up if they can — but it’s possible that this is the best that we’ll ever see him play, so you don’t want to go too crazy yet.

  1. cur68 - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Funny, but I see it the other way. He’s 26 & starting to surge to his peak as baseball player. The only way I think he goes backwards (barring injury etc) is if he’s NOT Asdrubal Cabrera, but really some guy named Juan Roberto Hernandez Oviedo Heredia and is 33 years old or something. Otherwise I see him building on that BA and HR output this season.

    • Alex K - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      People thought that Mauer’s HR outburst a couple years ago was a sign that he had out it together. I think it’s fair to say that the HR’s were just a fluke.

      Cabrera is a good player. He can and probably will keep getting better, but I don’t think the HR’s are going to keep going up (or even stay at 25ish). He’s still a good player if he hits 10 HR’s.

      • cur68 - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        Can’t say that you’re wrong, Alex, but I think we’re 50/50. Cabrera’s worth a long term shot. Good for Cleavland.

      • foreverchipper10 - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        I think Mauer was hurt by the change of his home park more than anything. Most Twins numbers went down in that dept.

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