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

Dec 9, 2010, 2:05 AM EDT

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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.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    OK, so the magnificent Royals have Frenchie (fries) and Melky (shakes), I think they need to add a FAT TOAD to complete the entree. Send Zack and we’ll think about dessert.

  2. BC - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    I don’t think it’s a bad pickup. I think Melky was devastated being booted from the Evil Empire, and just was mentally out of it last year. He’s still young enough where he can pick things back up. He’s not and never will be a superstar, but he can be a serviceable-to-good outfielder.

  3. mcs7584 - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    If he was devasted from being booted from the Evil Empire then he’ll have to be committed for being picked up by the Royals.

  4. mcs7584 - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    devastated, obviously.

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