Everth Cabrera was in court yesterday to face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his wife during spring training, but Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the trial “was abruptly canceled” and prosecutors dismissed the case.
Cabrera’s lawyer told Schrotenboer that “we were ready to proceed to trial” and suggested that “discrepancies about what happened that night” led to the dismissal, although prosecutors could potentially re-file the charges between now and next March.
Cabrera was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault on March 16 and according to the police report the Padres shortstop struck his wife in the face and slammed her head into a wall. Police also stated that Cabrera’s wife hit him and threw objects at him, and his lawyer claims he was acting in self defense.
Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.
Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.
To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.