The Cleveland Indians locked up shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, but only for two more years, signing the shortstop for the 2013 and 2014 seasons today. The deal buys out the first year of Cabrera’s free agent years, and he’ll be paid $16.5 million over those two seasons.
Cabrera and the Indians agreed to a $4.55 million deal for this season, and the Tribe now will have their shortstop locked up for three seasons. Cabrera still has time for a major payday, as he’ll be eligible for free agency at age 29.
Two of Cabrera’s last three seasons have been of the three win variety, with an injured plagued 2010 sandwiched between the two. After never hitting double digit homers in a season, Cabrera exploded for 25 last year, more than he had hit in his entire career until that point. Cabrera is a generally average defender at shortstop, with a DRS of +1 for his career at the position.
If Cabrera can continue his power surge over the life of his next three years with the Indians, he can easily make up the total of $21.05 million he’s due. That’s essentially looking for four wins over the life of the three years, which seems like an easy task for someone who has a pair of three win seasons in his last three.