ZEBULON, N.C. -- The Indians wouldn't confirm rumors of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's two-year contract extension, but manager Manny Acta is happy to hear about the positive possibilities.
"I think it's good that one of your best players is already under contract and you don't have to worry about it over the next couple years, worrying about it going to arbitration or anything like that," Acta said. "It sends the message that we want to keep our best players and try to win ballgames."
On the first pitch of his first at-bat against Class A Carolina on Tuesday, Cabrera launched a homer over the left-field wall off Indians prospect Scott Barnes, who will start the regular season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Barnes saw seven innings of work in Spring Training.