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Indians offer contracts to 7 players

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CLEVELAND (AP)

The Indians have offered contracts to all the unsigned players on their roster, including seven who are eligible for arbitration this winter.

The club had until midnight Monday to tender contracts for the 2012 season to any unsigned players listed on the 40-man roster. Any players who are non-tendered become free agents.

All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, starter Justin Masterson, closer Chris Perez, third baseman Jack Hannahan and relievers Joe Smith and Rafael Perez have all been tendered contracts. The next step for them is to file for arbitration.

It's likely the Indians will try to sign all seven before any arbitration hearings are held. The team hasn't gone to a hearing with a player since 1991.

Cabrera could be in for a big payday. He batted .273 with 25 homers and 92 RBIs last season.

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