Indians sign Asdrubal Cabrera

CLEVELAND, OH  –  The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed INF ASDRUBAL CABRERA to a one-year Major League contract for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration.


Single Season Home Runs
Shortstop, Indians History

Asdrubal CABRERA (2011) 25
Jhonny Peralta (2005)          24
Jhonny Peralta (2008)          23
Woodie Held (1961)              23

                Cabrera, 26, earned his first All-Star selection in 2011 and was awarded an American League Silver Slugger, hitting .273 (165-for-604) with 32 doubles, 3 triples, 25HR and 92 RBI in 151 games. He led the team in runs (87), hits (165), RBI (92) and stolen bases (17) and topped American League shortstops in RBI, was tied for first in hits and was second in runs, doubles and home runs. Overall his 92RBI were 17th in the entire AL and were the most by an Indians shortstop since Lou Boudreau (106) won the 1948 MVP Award.  His 25 home runs as a shortstop were the most in the 111-year history of the Cleveland Indians franchise and the most ever for a Venezuelan-born shortstop.   Asdrubal was also named “Man of the Year” by the Cleveland BBWAA Chapter, finished 20th in the AL MVP voting and was named the shortstop on the Sporting News AL postseason All-Star Team.