Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT
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.
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