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Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.

Cabrera, 29, signed for around $8 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Last season Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals from the Cleveland Indians, with whom he has spent the previous seven seasons.

Cabrera has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season with both the Nationals and Indians, he hit .241, had an OBP of .307 and 108 strikeouts.

This has been the latest move for a Rays franchise undergoing a major overhaul.  After manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman left the franchise, the team has traded away Wil Myers, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce, Joel Peralta and Sean Rodriguez.

Cabrera joins Ernesto Frieri and Michael Kohn as additions to the big league roster.

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Asdrubal Cabrera Sent to Nationals

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The NL East leading Washington Nationals acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians, in exchange for shortstop Zach Walters Thursday.

Cabrera is a two-time All Star and is hitting .246, with nine home runs, 40 RBIs, and seven stolen bases this season.

The Nationals skipper Matt Williams says Cabrera will play mainly at second base.

"I like that he is battle tested," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He has been in the playoffs before. He has been through pennant races. He is a terrific two-way player. He is a great defensive middle infielder. He has been a terrific shortstop defensively. He played second base earlier in his career and played that outstanding. He is very balanced from both side of the plate. He is a big league hitter. We did a lot of work on his makeup and character. He fits in our clubhouse. We heard nothing but positive things about him."

Cabrera, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, is in his eighth major league season. During that time he has compiled a .270 batting average, 82 home runs, 430 RBIs, and 69 stolen bases.


Walkoff Balk Helps Indians Sweep Tigers

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) --  A long afternoon game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers ended with a walkoff balk.

Al Alburquerque's bases-loaded balk in the 13th inning Wednesday gave the Indians an 11-10 victory over the Tigers -- a win that took 5 hours, 16 minutes to clinch.

Detroit took a 9-7 lead into the ninth inning, but David Murphy hit a game-tying, two-run home run off of Joe Nathan. 

Alex Avila gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians scored twice to cap off a three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Mike Aviles led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a single off of Phil Coke (0-1) and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Michael Bourn. Asdrubal Cabrera was then hit by a pitch. Michael Brantley scored Aviles with an RBI single to bring Cleveland within a run.

Alburquerque relieved Coke and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Yan Gomes to load the bases. Ryan Raburn stepped into the batter's box next and took the first pitch for a ball. As Alburquerque went into his set position, he appeared to move his leg and glove and then stopped. Cabrera scored to end the game.

"It was definitely a balk," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they hadn't have called it we would have went out there and argued."

Josh Tomlin (3-1) worked the final three innings in relief for the win. He was the ninth pitcher used for the Indians on the afternoon.

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Asdrubal Cabrera Placed on DL with Quad Strain

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Indians placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, due to a strained right quadriceps.

Cabrera has been dealing with the injury since the end of April and underwent an MRI in Cleveland Tuesday that confirmed the injury.

Indians skipper Terry Francona said he didn't know how long it would take for Cabrera to come back but also added that the Indians' medical staff said similar injuries have taken players 3-4 weeks to recover.

Cabrera is hitting .254 with five home runs and 25 RBIs this season. With Cabrera out Francona says Mike Aviles will get the majority of playing time at shortstop.

The Indians also called up shortstop Juan Diaz from Triple-A Columbus to take Cabrera's roster spot.

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Indians Reward Catcher Carlos Santana With Five-Year Extension

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians are taking the necessary steps to build a strong core of young players for the future. The team has given catcher Carlos Santana a five-year extension worth $21 million. The deal also includes a club option for 2017.

The recently turned 26-year old Santana has established himself as one of the better offensive catchers in Major League Baseball. He was acquired by the team in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for third baseman Casey Blake.

In his first full season at the Major League level, Santana hit .239 with 27 home runs and 79 runs batted in. He was just one of four players who hit 25 home runs with 35 doubles and 90 walks last season, joining Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, and Joey Votto.

Santana is the second player the Indians have given an extension to this season. The team recently signed shortstop Asdrubel Cabrera to a contract extension as well.

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Indians Reward Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera With Contract Extension

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Cleveland Indians organization is still working their way towards putting a championship caliber team on the field, they've made sure one of their promising young players will stay in an Indians uniform for the next couple seasons. The team has announced they have rewarded shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera with a two-year, $16.5 million contract extension.

The 26-year old Cabrera was a steady and consistent offensive shortstop during his first four seasons with the Indians, but last season was the definition of a breakout season for Cabrera.

After never hitting more than six home runs in his career, Cabrera belted 25 home runs. He also never drove in more than 68 runs in a season, but shattered that mark last season when he knocked in 92 runs. Cabrera wound up winning the Silver Slugger Award for his position in the American League.

The Indians are banking on the fact that Cabrera's stellar 2011 season was no fluke. He will be paid $6.5 million in 2013, but will earn $10 million in 2014.


Indians Agree on One-Year Contract with Cabrera

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration and signed their all-star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $4.55 million dollar contract Saturday.

The 26-year old hit .273 with 25 homers and 92 RBIs last season. His 25 homers broke the record for most homers by an Indians shortstop.

Cabrera originally asked for $5.2 million to which the Indians countered with $3.75 million.

By agreeing to a contract, Cleveland continued its streak of 21 straight years of avoiding arbitration.

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