GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Veteran shortstop Orlando Cabrera passed a physical, the final step before becoming an Indian this afternoon.
Cabrera, 36, signed a one-year deal with the Tribe. His instructions from manager manager Manny Acta and General Manager Chris Antonetti: ""They told me I'm here to win the second base position,'' Cabrera said. ""My offer to them is whatever they need. You have to think about the team first.''
In 14 big-league seasons, Cabrera has started at second only 27 times, but he thinks he can adjust.
""It's a great challenge for me,'' he said. ""But I started as a pro at second and then moved to shortstop.''
Cleveland already has an everyday shortstop in Asdrubal Cabrera, and it was unlikely he would move to another position to make room for Cabrera. Before the Tribe set its sights on Cabrera, the plan was for Jayson Nix to play second, but as many plans do in baseball, the strategy changed.
Cabrera never has played third base in the majors, but Acta and Antonetti said he might be called on to fill in there, too.