The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of locking down one of the most promising breakout performers of 2011, as Fox Sports' Jon Morosi is reporting the Indians and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera are nearing a two-year, $16.5 million extension.
Source: #Indians on verge of two-year, $16.5 million extension with Asdrubal Cabrera. That would cover 2013 and 2014 -- one free agent year.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 1, 2012
The 26-year-old Cabrera hit .273 with 25 home runs and 92 RBI in 151 games for the Indians last season, and despite tailing off with a sub-.240 average in the final two months of the year, played like one of the better infielders in the American League. This extension will keep him in Cleveland for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, giving him a chance to test the free agent market in 2014 before he reaches 30.