37-year-old Orlando Cabrera says he’s retiring

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ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas tweets that Orlando Cabrera told a Colombian radio station that he’s opting for retirement.

Cabrera, 37, likely wasn’t offered more than minor league deals after hitting just .238/.267/.307 in 450 at-bats with the Indians and Giants last season. He hadn’t been a real asset as a regular since his last season with the Angels in 2007, though given the respect he commands around the league, he might have been able to hang on as a role player for a couple of more years.

Cabrera finishes up with a .272/.317/.390 line, 123 homers, 854 RBI and 216 steals in 7,562 at-bats. He spent his first 7 1/2 seasons with the Expos before helping the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004. His best season came the year before, when he hit .297/.347/.460 with 17 homers and 80 RBI for Montreal. He won two Gold Gloves, the first in 2001 and the second with the Angels in 2007.

The Cubs will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday

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The Cubs soundly defeated the Cardinals on Monday night, 10-2, sending their magic number down to one. They will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday with another win against the Cardinals. Alternatively, if they lose, they can still clinch if the Brewers also lose on Tuesday.

The Cubs, of course, won the Central last year en route to winning their first World Series since 1908. It wasn’t nearly as easy this year as the club was below .500 entering June and was exactly at .500 entering July. A 16-8 July, 17-12 August, and 15-8 September have helped put the Cubs back in position to return to the postseason.

Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday’s loss. Now they have their sights set on the second NL Wild Card slot and currently trail the Rockies in that race.

The matchups for Tuesday’s action:

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.