Indians' SS Asdrubal Cabrera
The lines in the sand got a little clearer this week in regard to the Indians’ arbitration-eligible players. Of the seven guys who were potentially going to arbitration with the club*, five avoided their hearings by agreeing to one-year deals: Jack Hannahan, Chris Perez, Justin Masterson, Joe Smith, and Shin-Soo Choo. All received some form of raise, and in total this group will make about $8 million more than they did last year—about a 100% raise. Good work if you can get it, this baseballing.
*Read much more than you ever wanted to know about the arbitration process and how it relates to the Indians here or here or here; let’s be honest: I write about this stuff way too much.
Maybe we’ll talk about those raises another day, or why they were completely expected, or why only a fool would think it possible that Indians’ payroll wasn’t going to increase in 2012—we’re already looking at almost $65 million for opening day, and that’s without signing a fi...