According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox will not have further contract discussions with shortstop Orlando Cabrera until after the season. While an extension is still possible at that time, the chances seem to decrease as he reaches the cusp of free agency. Often when a guy is that close, he’ll then say he wants to explore the market.
Cabrera makes $9MM this year, with the Angels paying $1.5MM. It’s a solid price for the Sox, but Cabrera has to be looking for three years and at least $20MM. He’ll turn 34 in November, so it’d be a risky move. Alexei Ramirez is the only viable replacement in the organization, but he’s no sure thing. Kenny Williams could consider other free agent shortstops, of which there are a handful of decent options.
Gonzales’ article also has one line about the Sox waiting until season’s end to consider an extension for Joe Crede. An extension would surprise me, but I could see them sticking with him all year.