Robinson Cano denied Kansas City’s Billy Butler a spot in the Home Run Derby on Monday and paid dearly, getting booed all night by the Kauffman Stadium faithful. David Ortiz isn’t having of that.
Ortiz was voted in as the American League’s starting DH tonight, but he said he’ll take just one at-bat and then step aside so that Butler can enter the game.
It doesn’t really fit in with the whole “This time, it counts” motif, but then, a lot of the starters the game will be littered with backups later on anyway. Under normal circumstances, Ortiz would have been looking at two at-bats, instead of one.
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.