Mark Loretta expected to hang 'em up

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Mark Loretta is expected to retire this week and accept a front office job with an unspecified team.

Loretta, 38, struggled with the Dodgers last season, batting a
career-low .232/.309/.276 in just 181 at-bats, but played hero during
the postseason, punching a game-winning RBI single in Game 2 of the
NLDS against the Cardinals.
 

He’ll put the cap on a very productive career in which he amassed 1,713 hits and a .295/.360/.395 batting line over the course of 15 seasons, making stops in Milwaukee, San Diego, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles along the way. Believe it or not, he finished 9th in the voting for NL MVP in 2004 on the strength of a .335/.391/.495 batting line to go along with 16 homers and 76 RBI, both career-highs.
 

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.