MONTREAL (Ticker) — Shortstop Orlando Cabrera drove in 96 runs and won a Gold Glove for the Montreal Expos last season, but lost his arbitration case and will settle for $2.4 million in 2002.
Cabrera, 27, was seeking $3.1 million after making $340,000 in 2001.
The Expos also announced Wednesday that injury-plagued pitcher Carl Pavano agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Terms of his deal were undisclosed, but Pavano submitted an arbitration figure of $1.425 million, while the team filed at $1.2 million.
Voted by teammates as the Expos’ player of the year ahead of star outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, Cabrera played in all 162 games and hit .276 with 14 homers.
A native of Colombia, Cabrera led all National League shortstops last year in fielding percentage (.986), starts (160), assists (514), total chances (771) and putouts (246).