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Indians finalize one-year, $1 million deal with Orlando Cabrera

Feb 16, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

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.

  1. bloodysock - Feb 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    One week is nothing.

    Vlad showed up in Orioles camp today for his physical and that deal still hasn’t been announced as official.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    And in other news, the Jays have signed Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal. I suspect that Toronto signed the better player.

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