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Remember him? Daniel Cabrera signs with Pirates

Feb 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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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.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    If they were going to sign this guy, it would have been nice to sign Dimitri as well.

  2. Loose Changeup - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Between DCabs and Burnett, Pirates are going to lead the league in HBP this year

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      If only they could face Fernando Vina and Craig Biggio again.

  3. rob0527 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    R the pirates trying to lead the league in pitchers with potential who never live up to it. Off to a good start with DC and Burnett.

  4. cereal blogger - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Ridiculous talent rushed through the O’s system, promoted to the majors after 5 starts at AA……brilliant

  5. bigmacmantle - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Is he 6’7″ or 6’9″? Back in May of 299 he started a game against Randy Johnson and this article — Morning Juice: Big Unit, Cabrera stand up, count as tallest ever —
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Morning-Juice-Big-Unit-Cabrera-stand-up-count?urn=mlb,162765 — claimed they set the MLB record for the tallest combined starting pitchers at 163 inches with Johnson 6’10” and
    Cabrera 6’9″ besting the previous record of 162″ set by Cabrera and Mark Hendrickson (6’9″) on 9/1/2004.

    Baseball-reference.com and ESPN list him at 6’7″
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabreda01.shtml
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/5961/daniel-cabrera

    Yahoo! Sports and MLB.com profiles of Cabrera list him at 6’9″

    The back of these 2003 Donruss (2), Topps, Fleer, and Upper Deck cards have 6’7″
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom-back/2036f4ff-0680-4dfe-8f3d-db354a1fba6e.jpg
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom-back/efd15ebe-8034-4a09-99f5-4d59967f2a1d.jpg
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom-back/dc8857c1-0b5c-4c7b-8610-6a468c704d24.jpg
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom-back/1074657c-4b5e-4489-8280-81db65743eaf.jpg
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom-back/523371a6-3399-4046-a66e-3c8f81a65074.jpg

    This 2008 Topps has 6’9″
    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom-back/fb8065c5-8b0d-48ed-8fe7-5b807265d984.jpg

    Btw, I grabbed gamelogs from retrosheet.org and player data from baseball-databank.org and found what might be the shortest combined starters to be Larry Corcoran 5′ 3″ and Jack Neagle 5′ 6″ for 129″ on 5/30/1883.

    • bigmacmantle - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Oops ,May of 299 supposed to be May of 2004.

      • bigmacmantle - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        damnation, May of 299 supposed to be May of 2009

  6. pisano - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    If he makes the team and gets in the rotation they’ll have two starters that will throw a lot of wild pitches, Cabrera and A.J. Burnett. Cabrera always had control issues and need I say anymore about A.J.?

  7. cereal blogger - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Its just a shame, the kid could have learned to throw strikes in the minors if he had the chance. You dont learn to do that on the MLB level, throwing strikes is second to locating your pitch. Cabrera was behind the curve, he was never given a chance to develop. THe O’s prefer to rush young big names to the pro’s to appease the fans rather than adequately staffing their system with proven arms that can give you innings. THus they havent produced a proven SP since Mike Mussina. Another wasted talent Sidney Ponson pitched 1 game in AAA before being called up at the age of 21,,,,ridiculous

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