Kansas City traded Melky Cabrera to San Francisco last month because they got good value in return, but also presumably because they recognized he was coming off a career-best season that would be difficult to duplicate and was about to get pretty expensive.
Sure enough, Cabrera and the Giants have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.
That represents a nearly five-fold increase from his $1.25 million salary last season, when the Royals picked Cabrera up off the scrap heap following his release by the Braves. If he repeats his 2011 performance $6 million is a bargain, but Cabrera is a career .275 hitter with a modest .729 OPS and the 27-year-old will be a free agent next offseason.
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.
The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.
Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.
The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.
Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.