All-Star Cabrera asking for $7.4 million
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 appearances.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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