Great Moments in overreacting: Johan Santana edition

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If this is what Santana is now, and who he is now, then the Mets may
well be staring into the abyss. For real. For good.

The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro, reminding us once again that the trait which most clearly defines New York baseball fans is not their knowledge or their passion, but their capacity for ridiculous overreaction.

It’s one game. One awful game, sure, but one game.  Before last night’s game Santana had a 2.08 ERA in 33 innings and a healthy strikeout rate. One inning does not change that unless an injury is involved, of which there is no evidence in Santana’s case whatsoever. Randy Johnson once gave up 11 runs in 2.1 innings. No one was talking about staring into the abyss, for real, for good when that happened.

If Santana does it again next time out, fine, let’s start worrying. In the meantime, everyone should just chill out.

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.