Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration for $4.55 million

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UPDATE: So much for the streak ending. Hoynes reports that the Indians and Cabrera have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $4.55 million, which is $75,000 above the midpoint.

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The Indians haven’t gone through an arbitration hearing with a player since Greg Swindell way back in 1991, settling before a case was to be heard or inking young players to long-term deals every single time, but it sounds like Asdrubal Cabrera may break that streak.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians and Cabrera have an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week and says “little progress” has been made in contract talks.

Earlier this month general manager Chris Antonetti revealed that the Indians were working on a long-term extension with Cabrera, who’s coming off a career-year and out-of-nowhere power display, but so far the two sides haven’t even been able to bridge the $1.45 million gap between Cabrera’s request and the team’s counter.

Cabrera will be under team control via the arbitration process again in 2013, after which the 26-year-old shortstop will be a free agent.

Dustin Fowler is suing the White Sox over an outfield collision

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Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.

The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.

The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.

No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.