Tribe nears Cabrera deal as pitching talks stall

Tribe nears Cabrera deal as pitching talks stall

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians are moving closer to officially signing free-agent infielder Orlando Cabrera, but the club's chances of adding a veteran starting pitcher appear to be diminishing by the day.

Cabrera, 36, still needs to pass a physical before the Indians can announce his signing. Barring any issues, Cleveland will likely be ready to confirm the one-year, Major League deal later this week.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti declined to discuss Cabrera specifically.

"I think you guys have accurately reported to date," Antonetti told reporters on Tuesday. "I'll leave it at that."

It is believed that Cabrera would enter camp as the front-runner for the Indians' vacancy at second base. He has captured a pair of Gold Glove Awards as a shortstop, but Cleveland has no plans to move Asdrubal Cabrera from short.

The Indians have also been actively seeking starting pitching help all offseason. Recently, the club had engaged in talks with free agents Jeremy Bonderman and Kevin Millwood. The Bonderman talks stalled -- likely due to the Indians' preference to sign him to a Minor League deal with a spring invite -- and Millwood's asking price has been too steep for the Tribe.

As things currently stand, Cleveland is preparing to move forward with the current starting options in place.

"We're planning to proceed with the group that we have in camp," Antonetti said. "If an opportunity presents itself as we're in camp, we'll certainly look at it. But right now our expectations are that we'll go with the group that we have."

Fausto Carmona, Justin Masterson, Mitch Talbot and Carlos Carrasco are the leading candidates for the first four spots in Cleveland's rotation. For the fifth job, the Tribe is considering David Huff, Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez, Anthony Reyes and Aaron Laffey, among others.