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Cleveland Indians Trying To Lock-Up Asdrubal Cabrera

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The Cleveland Indians are trying to lock up their shortstop of the present and future in Asdrubal Cabrera and sign him to a long-term deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Cabrera, 26, enjoyed a breakout season at the plate with the Indians and hit .273/.332/.460 with 25 home runs in 667 plate appearances. He hit 18 homers in all before finding his power stroke at the plate in 2011 and launching 25 in all, helping him grab a silver slugger award and his first all-star selection.

The Indians avoided salary arbitration with the 26-year-old by agreeing to a one-year, $4.55 million deal earlier in the offseason. While Cabrera technically plays shortstop in the field, he isn't particularly a good one. According to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating), he's given up 26.5 runs playing defense and 25.3 runs at shortstop alone.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he gets and if the team views him as the shortstop of the future, or if they'll move him to third or second.