I love that pitchers and catchers always report for Spring Training sometime around Valentine’s Day. It’s like a little Valentine’s gift to baseball fans who’ve been waiting impatiently for the season to start. As an Indians fan, I’m currently waiting for three things (in no particular order):
1) Whether or not Asdrubal Cabrera and the Indians can come to a pre-arbitration agreement
2) For pitchers and catchers to report
3) Whether or not my husband will actually remember that it’s Valentine’s Day and wouldn’t it be nice to get his wife something more than a cheesey card that he got at the drugstore five minutes before he came home.
Many years ago, back before Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret was even a rookie, I got married. The Man Who Would Be Husband and I had been together for a while. People we knew would mistakenly refer to us as married. Heck, one time my mother was over for dinner and when I gave the boyfriend a hard time about his poor dish-washing skills she said, “Don’t be mean to that nice husband of yours.” The three of us were, in turn, mortified, embarrassed, and amused.
It was a foregone conclusion that we’d end up together. Everybody wanted us to be together. We knew we wanted to be together. It took us a little while to get around to actually deciding to get married, but once we did, it was great.
When you find the right match, the person who complements you, whose strengths balance your weaknesses, you want to be with that person. And you don’t say, “Oh, well, I just want to marry you for a year,” you want something more long-term–a multi-year agreement, if you will.
The Indians are in pre-arbitration talks with Asdrubal Cabrera. The actual date of his arbitration hearing, should it come to that, is not public. However, the arbitration hearings end on February 21. There’s still time. Reportedly Cabrera is interested in a multi-year deal, and as of last week, the Indians had offered some sort of multi-year deal. But there hasn’t been any public announcement since then, so we’re still waiting. Cabrera is under club control until 2013–in other words, at the end of the 2013 season, he’ll be a free agent. Indians fans could sing quite a few choruses of The Man That Got Away for players we traded because we knew we wouldn’t be able to afford to keep them once they reached free agency. I don’t want to sing that for Cabrera in a year or two.
If you’re concerned with the long-term viability of a franchise, you need some core players. Cabrera is young, talented, and shows every sign of being someone around whom you can build. I know nothing is guaranteed in baseball or business, and this is both. But a multi-year contract for Cabrera would be a much nicer Valentine’s Day gift than the drugstore greeting card.