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The Giants may talk to Melky Cabrera about an extension this summer

May 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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Melky Cabrera‘s breakout 2011 seemed like a fluke, but so far he’s maintaining his mojo in 2012, hitting .338/.386/.490 for the Giants. The biggest difference seems to be that the home runs he hit are turning into a lot of doubles in AT&T Park, but that’s still fine production.

Fine enough to where, according to Gwenn Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants may start to think about a contract extension:

On Monday, though, general manager Brian Sabean said the team might not delay so long before attempting to lock down Cabrera’s future as a Giant.

“Not necessarily,” he said when asked about waiting until November. “I think it’s different with a transitional player, depending on who the agent is or the appetite of the player. So I wouldn’t say that’s an absolute.”

As Knapp notes, the key for Melky is his conditioning. He let himself go at the end of his time in New York and especially during his lost season with the Braves. But his time in the weight room seems to be paying dividends.

  1. mlenenski - May 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    The Royals absolutely got hosed on this deal. Dayton Moore was way too desperate for another “off the bone pile” success story.

    Cabrera made a huge difference for KC last year…..but their pitching did kinda suck….

    • thomas2727 - May 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      I agree. Jonathan Sanchez has crazy stuff that he generally can’t throw for strikes. If the Giants who have developed Lincecum, Cain and Bumgarner could not get Sanchez straightened out you have to wonder what made the Royals think they could?

      The killer is Sanchez puts it together about 4-5 starts a year and you think WOW this guy can pitch He just can never string together several good starts in a row. It is usually 5 IP, 100 pitches and 5-6 walks.

      • SOBEIT - May 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Sanchez…the most frustrating guy with stuff you will ever watch. We don’t know if it is between his ears or what. But he has better stuff than any of our current Giants starters. We always kept saying, if Sanchez could harness his stuff and maintain control, he would be amazing. Swing and miss, strikeout machine, perfect game potential…except for what happens between his ears.

    • SOBEIT - May 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Cabrera was a hold your breath trade/signing, but he has earned a long term contract. Great personality, and is multi-tooled player. He will get a ton of doubles and triples at AT&T…which is all we really need. He can get the HRs on the road.

      He, like sandoval, need to stay in shape in order to reach their potential. I also think Cabrera really likes the personalities on the team: Gregor Blanco, Pagan, Arias, Hector Sanchez have all been great call-ups of signings and should have a place on the team moving forward.

      Cabrera deserves his 3-5 year deal and will probably get it done before the end of the season.

  2. biasedhomer - May 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Sanchez was and always has been a bottom of the order pitcher. Guys like him are easy to find. He taxes your bullpen early and often.

  3. nineroutsider - May 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Very nice doing business with you KC!

  4. bobulated - May 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Speaking as a Braves fan who had the privilege of watching Fat Melky flail at the plate and stumble around in the OF, I would be very careful how much time and $ I gave him at this point. I also have to lift up the holy grail of SSS and say it’s too soon to judge who “won” the trade. Sure Sanchez refuses throw strikes but he also has pretty good stuff. Lefty starters with good stuff will always be given more leeway, KC just has to hope he doesn’t completely transition into Oliver Perez.

    • SOBEIT - May 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      If Righetti could not get consistency out of Sanchez, no one will. I am so glad we had Bumgarner in the wings…that is a left to franchise! Right now, Zito is having a better year than Sanchez.

      • bobulated - May 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        I live in SF and follow the Giants too so I agree with some of what you say about Rags coaching acumen. That being said sometimes a different voice is what’s needed for some of these guys and sometimes it takes one or two organizations as steps before they put it together or get completely given up upon. Even if he eventually washes out as a starter, I can see Sanchez kicking around for another 10-15 years as a LOOGY.

  5. skerney - May 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Come in with the Melk,
    Come in with the Melk.
    Come in with the Melk.
    Come in with the Melk…

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