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Giants avoid arbitration with Melky Cabrera for $6 million

Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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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.

  1. nategearhart - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Prediction: Kevin Kouzmanoff will post a 96 OPS+ but hit a buttload of doubles for the Royals, and the Giants will sign him for $8 million in 2013.

  2. bobulated - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    What a wonderful time we live in where a barely replacement player will make more in a year than most HOFers did in their careers.

  3. henryd3rd - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Being in the right place at the right time, Priceless! Don’t be hating on Melky!

  4. 4cornersfan - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Congrats to Melky. Yankee fans loved him and hated to see him go.

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