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Indians nearing two-year, $16.5 million contract extension with shortstop Asbrubal Cabrera

Apr 1, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Indians are close to agreeing to a two-year, $16.5 million extension with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

The deal will run through 2014, covering Cabrera’s final year of arbitration eligibility and his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old All-Star is set to earn $4.55 million in 2012, his second year of arbitration.

Cabrera hit .273/.332/.460 with 25 homers, 92 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 151 games last season. Cleveland was probably hoping to lock him up longer, but they’ll settle for what looks to be a team-friendly two-year deal and revisit long-term talks down the road.

Cabrera stands to cash in big — either on the free agent market or with the Tribe — if he continues to register flashy offensive numbers. It’s not often that productive, under-30 shortstops become available.

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Asdrubal Cabrera’s Career HR/FB
    07 – 4.2%
    08 – 4.6%
    09 – 2.9%
    10 – 2.2%
    11 – 10.5%

    One of these things is not like the others.

    • Lukehart80 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      As those numbers show, Cabrera isn’t likely to hit 25 HR again this year. It’s also true though, that he doesn’t need to hit 25 HR for this extension to be a good deal for the Indians. After all, Cabrera was almost as valuable in 2009, even though he hit only 6 HR that season.

      At 26 years old, Cabrera should be entering his offensive prime. The specifics (such as his HR total) might look different, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if his overall contribution were very similar to 2011’s production. At even 80-85% of his 2011 value, this extension woukd look very good.

  2. gcbball3 - Apr 1, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    as a tribe fan i truly hope we can lock him up next year to a long term deal, hes a top five shortstop and is offensive seems to get better each year and his glove his filthy. if we dont i see the yanks throwing the house at him to replace jeter the sox always seem to need a shortstop and just about every other team in the league except the marlins rockies and maybe the rangers would be interested. not that i think andrus is a better ss than drubel but hes young. im sure i left someone off i apoligize if so

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