The Orioles avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Daniel Cabrera after he accepted their $2.875 million offer for this season. They initially offered $2.6 million when the sides exchanged figures, and Cabrera sought $3.3 million.
Maybe this will be the season that Cabrera gives the team more than just innings. It needs to happen soon.
As the Orioles continue to pump more young arms into the system, there's a growing sense of urgency for Cabrera to start winning games and meet his vast potential. Nobody questions his physical tools. Now's the time for results.
One last prediction on the Erik Bedard trade: It won't be announced any later than Saturday, so we can get on with our lives next week - unless we become obsessed with the Brian Roberts trade rumors.
I don't see the Orioles flipping George Sherrill to the Cubs or any other team. He's the power lefty they sought, and a closer candidate.