It took nearly a week to go from reported as done to officially done, but the Indians have finally announced their one-year deal with Orlando Cabrera.
He’ll get $1 million in guaranteed money, plus various incentives, and will compete for the starting job at second base with Jason Donald and Luis Valbuena.
I’ve seen quite a few people tout this as a nice pickup for the Indians simply because Cabrera is a veteran, but it’s tough to see him really helping much on the field at this point.
He diminished range should be less of a problem at second base than it was at shortstop, but Cabrera is 36 years old and hit just .263 with a .303 on-base percentage and .354 slugging percentage last season. Among all the second basemen to get at least 400 plate appearances in 2010 only Aaron Hill had a lower OBP and only Ryan Theriot, Chone Figgins, and David Eckstein had a lower OPS.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”
You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.
Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.
Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.