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Angels Agree to $32M Deal With Cabrera

December 21, 2004

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Orlando Cabrera agreed Monday to a $32 million, four-year contract with the Anaheim Angels, who made room by cutting David Eckstein.

Cabrera, a 2001 Gold Glove winner, was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox in late July, replaced Nomar Garciaparra and helped the Red Sox win their first World Series title since 1918.

The 30-year-old Cabrera hit .264 with 10 homers and 62 RBIs combined for the Cubs and Red Sox. He batted .288 with 11 RBIs in the postseason and didn’t commit an error in 14 postseason games, then became a free agent and was replaced by Boston with Edgar Renteria, who agreed last week to a $40 million, four-year contract with the Red Sox.

Cabrera’s deal calls for a $4 million signing bonus payable over four years, $5 million next season. $6.5 million in 2006, $7.5 million in 2007 and $9 million in 2008.

Eckstein, Anaheim’s shortstop since 2001, batted .276 last season with two homers and 35 RBIs in 142 games. He was a key contributor to the Angels’ World Series title run in 2002.

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