Here’s a blast from the past: Daniel Cabrera, who last pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2009, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pirates.
Cabrera got more chances than his performance deserved because teams remained infatuated with his 6-foot-7 frame and mid-90s fastball, but his average velocity dipped from 96.2 miles per hour in 2005 to 94.3 mph in 2007 to 90.9 mph in 2009 and he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery.
Or as general manager Neal Huntington told Tom Singer of MLB.com: “We’ve always liked the arm, wanted to give him another shot at getting back.”
Cabrera, who spent most of his career with the Orioles, has a 5.10 ERA in 892 innings and will be 31 years old in May. If nothing else he’ll do wonders for the Grapefruit League hitters’ on-base percentages.
The Giants beat the Cardinals on Saturday night, but there was some grumpiness between a couple of Giants players all the same.
As Hank Shulman reports, late in the 13-inning game Fox TV cameras caught catcher Buster Posey yelling at first baseman Belt after Stephen Piscotty of the Cardinals stole second base. Then, after the final out, there was a brief, cold stare down between the teammates. The issue would appear to be Posey being upset with Belt for not holding Piscotty close at first base and then Belt being upset with Posey for calling him out in front of God and the fans and the TV cameras and everyone.
Neither Posey nor Belt would talk about it to reporters afterwards or on Sunday, saying the matter was between them and that they’d deal with it privately. Which is a smart move.
Of course, if Posey heeded that advice beforehand and took up his dissatisfaction with Belt in private, the reporters wouldn’t have even known about it in the first place.
The Yankees probably have the best minor league system in baseball right now and the best player in that system is, without question, shortstop Gleyber Torres. Now that top prospect is a step closet to the Bronx: he has been promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees don’t rush their prospects anywhere nearly as fast as a lot of teams do, but Torres, who is only 20, proved himself to be ready for the promotion. In 32 games at Double-A Trenton this year he hit .273/.367/.496 in 139 plate appearances. That OPS is almost 100 points higher than that which he posted in high A-ball in 2016.
Torres came over to the Yankees from the Cubs organization in the Aroldis Chapman trade last summer. At this rate he’ll be playing shortstop behind Chapman in New York before too long.