Here’s a blast from the past: Daniel Cabrera, who last pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2009, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pirates.
Cabrera got more chances than his performance deserved because teams remained infatuated with his 6-foot-7 frame and mid-90s fastball, but his average velocity dipped from 96.2 miles per hour in 2005 to 94.3 mph in 2007 to 90.9 mph in 2009 and he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery.
Or as general manager Neal Huntington told Tom Singer of MLB.com: “We’ve always liked the arm, wanted to give him another shot at getting back.”
Cabrera, who spent most of his career with the Orioles, has a 5.10 ERA in 892 innings and will be 31 years old in May. If nothing else he’ll do wonders for the Grapefruit League hitters’ on-base percentages.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.