Melky Cabrera’s breakout 2011 seemed like a fluke, but so far he’s maintaining his mojo in 2012, hitting .338/.386/.490 for the Giants. The biggest difference seems to be that the home runs he hit are turning into a lot of doubles in AT&T Park, but that’s still fine production.
Fine enough to where, according to Gwenn Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants may start to think about a contract extension:
On Monday, though, general manager Brian Sabean said the team might not delay so long before attempting to lock down Cabrera’s future as a Giant.
“Not necessarily,” he said when asked about waiting until November. “I think it’s different with a transitional player, depending on who the agent is or the appetite of the player. So I wouldn’t say that’s an absolute.”
As Knapp notes, the key for Melky is his conditioning. He let himself go at the end of his time in New York and especially during his lost season with the Braves. But his time in the weight room seems to be paying dividends.
The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.
Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.
While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.