Royals sign Melky Cabrera to one-year, $1.25M contract

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Jeff Francoeur and Melky Caberera in the same outfield?  It’s like Christmas for snarky baseball bloggers.

From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that Cabrera has reached agreement with the Royals on a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes $250,000 in performance-based incentives.

Cabrera was released by the Braves two months ago and drew very little interest on the open market this fall and winter.  He batted just .255/.317/.354 over 509 plate appearances for Atlanta in 2010 and had trouble covering ground in the outfield by the end of his tenure.

Most of Melky’s recent failures have to do with his poor level of conditioning.  That’s a mental thing, not a physical thing, and the Royals will have to hope that he decides to stay in shape and commit himself to his talents.

At $1.25 million, it’s not a terrible deal.  The Royals have to take chances to fill some holes.  With a farm system bursting in potential, maybe they won’t have to in the near future.  For now, though, it’s all aboard for guys with question marks.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.