The Cleveland Indians were able to lock up the majority of their players before arbitration became an issue, but they weren't able to lock up one of their most important before Tuesday's deadline. All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera was unable to come to an agreement prior to the 1 p.m. deadline and now an independent arbitrating panel will need to intervene.
Cabrera filed for a salary of $5.2 million for the upcoming season while the Indians went with $3.75 million, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Cabrera made $2,025,000 last season -- his first year of arbitration eligibility.
This year's arbitration hearings are scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg from Feb. 1 through Feb. 21. It should be an interesting experience for Cleveland's representatives, too, as they haven't gone to a hearing since doing so with Greg Swindell and Jerry Browne in 1991.