Cabrera finished second in the NL last year with a .339 batting
average, and he had 26 homers and 114 RBIs. He made $472,000 last
season and is eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Arbitrators Howard Block, Stephen Goldberg and Elliott Shriftman
heard the case and were expected to issue a decision Saturday.
If he wins, Cabrera would receive the third-highest salary in
arbitration, trailing only the $8.2 million Andruw Jones got when
he defeated Atlanta in 2001 and the $8.2 million Alfonso Soriano
earned after losing to Washington last year.
Boston outfielder Wily Mo Pena, who had been scheduled for a
hearing Friday, agreed with the Red Sox on a one-year contract
worth $1,875,000. Pena can earn an additional $100,000 in
performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 325, 350, 375 and 475 plate