SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles' pending deal with free-agent infielder Everth Cabrera is nearing completion, according to an industry source, and likely will be completed Wednesday morning.
Cabrera, 28, is expected to arrive at the Ed Smith Stadium complex Tuesday, which is the Orioles' report day for position players.
As previously reported, Cabrera's deal is expected to be worth $2.4 million, which is nearly what he made last year with the San Diego Padres. He will be eligible for an additional $600,000 in incentives, according to CBSSports.com.
Cabrera, who was nontendered by the Padres in December, batted .232/.272/.300 with 18 stolen bases in 26 attempts for San Diego last season. In the last three years, he has been successful on 99 of 123 stolen-base attempts.
Cabrera, 28, led the National League in stolen bases in 2012 with 44 steals in 48 attempts. He also led the league with 37 steals in 2013 before his season was cut short by a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.
Cabrera also is facing a resisting arrest charge stemming from a traffic stop in San Diego last September. A trial date is set for April 13, which is a week after Opening Day. He could face up to one year in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.
The Orioles were close to a deal with Cabrera last week, and he even took a club physical, but the team wanted to ensure that his legal problems could be resolved before completing the deal. Cabrera also missed 69 games last season with left hamstring injuries.
Even though Cabrera is expected to arrive in Sarasota on Tuesday, he isn't expected to sign the final paperwork to complete the deal until Wednesday morning, according to a source.
Cabrera made $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He is under team control for two seasons before becoming a free agent after the 2016 season.
A shortstop throughout his career, Cabrera likely would see most of his playing time at second base, but he also could fill in for J.J. Hardy at shortstop and might see some time in the outfield.