Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera Avoid Arbitration

The Indians announced that they avoided arbitration with Asdrubal Cabrera, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for 2012. Octagon represents the shortstop, who will earn $4.55MM in 2012, according to's Jordan Bastian (Twitter link).

Cabrera had filed for $5.2MM, while the Indians had countered with a $3.75MM submission, as MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows. The Indians have discussed a multiyear extension with Cabrera, who will remain under team control through 2013. Earlier in the offseason, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes suggested a four-year, $27MM deal could work for both sides.

The Indians have now signed all arbitration eligible players for 2012, so their streak of avoiding arbitration hearings continues. The club's last hearing took place in 1991.

11 Responses to Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera Avoid Arbitration Leave a Reply

  1. mike melusky 3 years ago

    Cleveland Indians, haven’t had an arbitration hearing since 1991.

    • Manfrenjensen 3 years ago

       …Or back-to-back winning seasons since 2000-01.

      • Hermie13 3 years ago

        Yet they have the same number of division titles since then as the tigers, brewers, red sox, reds, mets, etc.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          not all divisions are created equal, but yes

  2. alan104 3 years ago

    I wonder if that guy who plays the drums out in centerfield is arbitration eligible anytime soon?

  3. Cody Bezik 3 years ago

    Extending Cabrera and Masterson should be top priority for Antonetti ASAP.  There’s no need for this team to have to rebuild anytime soon.

    • Hermie13 3 years ago

      Don’t disagree really, but can undesrstand why the Tribe hasn’t extended either.

      IMO the guy that should be on the list is Carlos Santana.  Get him signed long-term while he’s still young and cheap.  Kid could possibly be a super two next year (with the new CBA) and you could save yourself MILLIONS plus get him extended past his free agent year.  Kid has a great eye and 40 HR power.  More valuable long-term than either Masterson or Cabrera IMO.

  4. If Cabrera repeats his 2011 season:

    1. The Indians just got a great deal

    2. Cabrera will become too expensive to lock up long term.

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