The Indians and SS Asdrubal Cabrera agreed on a 1-year, 4.55 million dollar deal on Friday, avoiding a potentially messy arbitration hearing with the team’s cornerstone player. The team offered 3.75 million to the all-star SS, while his agent countered with 5.2 million.
The team will pay just north of the average of the two offers for Cabrera, who hit .273 with 25 homers and 92 RBIs. At 4.55 million, Cabrera is still a bargain for the small-market Indians.
“With Asdrubal, we're pleased that we were able to get a one-year deal done and resolve his contract status for this year," general manager Chris Antonetti told the AP "Generally, we're always open-minded on alternate contract structures with a variety of players. And if there's something that makes sense, and there's a value in term that makes sense for both parties, we'll certain explore it."
Cabrera, signed through 2013, was the last Indian to sign of the seven who filed for arbitration. The others were Rafael Perez, Chris Perez, Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan, Justin Masterson and Joe Smith.
The 26-year-old SS was likely given a little bit of leverage last week as he was named the Greater Cleveland Athlete of the year at a banquet honoring the city’s top athletes. The event was hosted by ESPN’s Erin Andrews.
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