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53 Melky Cabrera OF
Height/Weight: 5-10/208 | Birthdate: 8/11/1984 | Birthplace: Bajos De Haina, DR | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 73/37 | Average Draft Position: 199.82
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White Sox officially announce three-year, $42M deal for Melky


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The White Sox officially announced Tuesday they agreed to terms with outfielder Melky Cabrera on a three-year, $42-million contract. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday that Cabrera will make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017.

The 30-year-old Cabrera had one of the best seasons of his career in 2014, batting .301 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .808 OPS in 139 games with the Blue Jays. He had 16 home runs, 35 doubles, 73 RBI and 81 runs.

Cabrera has done well in his career at U.S. Cellular Field. He has a .336 average, .591 slugging percentage, .957 OPS, two triples, seven home runs, 10 doubles and 24 RBI in 34 career games.


White Sox, Melky Cabrera officially agree to deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) The White Sox have finalized a three-year, $42 million deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cabrera is set to make $13 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in 2017. He also has a limited no-trade clause. The details of Cabrera's no-trade clause are not known at this time. The 30-year-old Cabrera is coming off a season in which he hit .301/.351/.458 over 568 at-bats. 


Melky Cabrera agrees to three-year, $42 million deal with White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The White Sox have agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed.

The 30-year-old Cabrera had one of the best seasons of his career in 2014, batting .301 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .808 OPS in 139 games with the Blue Jays. He had 16 home runs, 35 doubles, 73 RBI and 81 runs.

Cabrera has done well in his career at U.S. Cellular Field. He has a .336 average, .591 slugging percentage, .957 OPS, two triples, seven home runs, 10 doubles and 24 RBI in 34 career games.


Report: White Sox, Melky Cabrera agree to three-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) The White Sox have agreed to a three-year deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera pending a physical, 670TheScore.com reports.

The White Sox have been on the radar in the Cabrera market for weeks, as CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported on Nov. 20 that the team was considering pursuing the outfielder. As pointed out in the report, the White Sox managed just a .279 on-base percentage from the No. 2 spot in the batting order last season, a slot that Cabrera is the favorite to now fill.

The Mariners were seen as the favorites to land Cabrera earlier this week and reportedly offered him a three-year deal as well, but the outfielder has apparently chosen to return to the AL Central, where he hit .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs, 87 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 102 runs with the Royals in 2011. He delivered similar numbers in 2014, hitting .301/.351/.458 in 568 at-bats with the Blue Jays. Cabrera has spent most of the past three seasons in left field, where he'll presumably line up for the White Sox.


Report: Mariners offer Melky Cabrera three-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Mariners have offered free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera a three-year contract, ESPNDeportes.com reports.

The Mariners are considered the favorites to land Cabrera, though the Orioles were reported to be in on the bidding for the outfielder earlier Friday. Cabrera is said to be seeking a four-year deal. He hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and six stolen bases in 568 at-bats in 2014.


Report: Orioles eyeing FA Cabrera for short-term deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Orioles are in on the bidding for steady outfielder Melky Cabrera, but will only consider signing him for two or three years, per the Baltimore Sun.

Cabrera is perhaps the top hitter remaining in free agency. His 2014 season was marked by consistency and a strong slash line of .301/.351/.458.


Mariners are still favorites to sign OF Melky Cabrera


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Mariners are still in talks to lock up up free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera and appear to be the favorites to sign him, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Monday.

The Mariners view Cabrera as an ideal No. 2 hitter for next season. Cabrera enjoyed a bounce-back season in Toronto and is seeking a "nice payday." The 30-year-old outfielder hit .304/.352/.454 with seven home runs and 38 RBI over 273 at-bats.


Mariners in talks with OF Melky Cabrera


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Mariners are talking to outfielder Melky Cabrera , who they apparently see as an ideal No. 2 hitter, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Cabrera is said to be after a five-year deal, while the Mariners are thought to be willing to enter the realm of Nelson Cruz's four-year, $57-million pact. Cabrera carries the price of a draft pick for whichever team signs him, but the Mariners already forfeited their first-round pick with the signing of Cruz, softening the potential draft-pick blow the team would take if Cabrera is brought into the fold. The Mariners have also considering trading for an outfielder and could still explore that avenue if a deal can't be struck with Cabrera.


Giants interested in bringing back Melky Cabrera


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) A Melky Cabrera reunion with the Giants doesn't appear to be out of the question. The Giants have expressed interest in bringing back Cabrera, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans acknowledged Thursday the team is contemplating a reunion with Cabrera, but added adding a left fielder is not the team's top priority.

"Third base and the rotation are really at the forefront of our focus," Evans said, per SFGate.com. "To the extent that Melky’s past dealings are part of the discussion, sure. That’s fair. But it’s just too early to engage in that level of detail."

Cabrera had his only All-Star season with the reigning World Series champs in 2012, but he also served a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs that year. However, his past might not be a major hurdle in Cabrera returning to San Francisco.

"I don’t think anybody in the clubhouse cares. He’d be a great addition," one current Giants' veteran player told Rosenthal.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday the Royals and Reds are showing interest in Cabrera. While the Mariners, Orioles, White Sox and Blue Jays could also be an ideal fit for the 30-year-old outfielder.


Blue Jays no longer pursuing Melky Cabrera


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Blue Jays are no longer pursuing outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to Sportsnet.

While that was expected following the team's trade for Michael Saunders, General manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed that this move takes them out of the race for Cabrera. Cabrera spent the last two years in Toronto. He's said to be seeking a five-year deal. Both the Royals and Reds have been mentioned as possible contenders for Cabrera by CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.


Royals in contact with Melky, but might not be good fit for budget


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Royals have been in contact with free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the team's small-market budget might make it difficult to sign Cabrera, who is seeking a five-year contract.

The Reds have also shown interest in the 30-year-old Cabrera, while the Mariners, Orioles, White Sox and Blue Jays could also make sense for the veteran outfielder, according to Heyman.


Report: Melky Cabrera not interested in playing on artificial surface


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The chances of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera returning to the Blue Jays aren't looking good, and it may be because of Toronto's playing surface.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN on Thursday, Cabrera's preference is to sign with a team other than the Blue Jays so he doesn't have to play his home games on artificial surface. The Blue Jays play in Rogers Centre, which uses Astroturf Gameday Grass. At home last season, Cabrera slashed .304/.352/.454 with seven home runs and 38 RBI over 273 at-bats.


Report: Melky Cabrera could be 'fallback option' for Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera could be a "fallback option" for the Orioles, if Baltimore doesn't re-sign outfielder Nick Markakis, multiple sources told MASNsports.com. He is on the Orioles' radar and the team has discussed signing him.

Cabrera has been previously linked to the Blue Jays, White Sox and Royals this offseason.


GM: Blue Jays have talked with Melky, but 'not close to anything'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday he has talked with free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, but "right now, we're not close to anything," according to MLB Network Radio. Anthopoulos added they would like to re-sign Cabrera.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday the White Sox are the latest team to show interest in Cabrera and could consider pursuing the veteran outfielder in free agency. Cabrera hit .301 with 16 home runs, 35 doubles and 73 RBI in 139 games in 2014.


White Sox showing interest in outfielder Melky Cabrera


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The White Sox are the latest team to show interest in Melky Cabrera and could consider pursuing the veteran outfielder in free agency, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The White Sox struggled from the No. 2 spot in the batting order in 2014, posting a .279 on-base percentage as a team, which was 29th out of 30 teams. White Sox No. 2 hitters also posted a .634 OPS, which ranked 24th.

If the White Sox pursue Cabrera, then they could be competing against the likes of Toronto, Baltimore and Seattle to sign the 30-year-old outfielder. Cabrera hit .301 with 16 home runs, 35 doubles and 73 RBI in 139 games in 2014.


Melky Cabrera turns down Blue Jays' qualifying offer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Outfielder Melky Cabrera officially declined Monday the Blue Jays' one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. If Cabrera signs with another team, the Blue Jays will receive draft-pick compensation.

Royals could pursue Santana, Cabrera, Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) While the Royals are expected to have a payroll in the range of $90-100 million in 2015, which hurts their chances of re-signing ace James Shields, the team is expected to be active in the free-agent market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Three targets expected to be on the Royals' radar this offseason are starting pitcher Ervin Santana, outfielder Melky Cabrera and outfielder Torii Hunter.


Blue Jays waiting on contract agreement with Melky Cabrera


(11/4/2014) While the Blue Jays have officially extended a qualifying offer to outfielder Melky Cabrera, the two sides remain apart on an agreement.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Sportsnet 590 The FAN that finding out Cabrera’s market value will be difficult without offers from other teams.

"It may be one of those things where (Cabrera) needs to go out and see what the offers are to really find out what his worth is,” Anthopoulos said, per the Toronto Star. "No one knows what his true market value is because there really isn’t anybody to compare him to, and that’s where I think they may need to go out and see and then come back to us, and we may have more productive dialogue at that point."

Re-signing Cabrera is a top offseason priority for the Blue Jays. Cabrera hit .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games during the 2014 season.


Blue Jays extend qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Blue Jays have extended a qualifying offer to outfielder Melky Cabrera, Sportsnet.ca reports.

Cabrera is expected to decline the offer by the Nov. 10 deadline, allowing the Blue Jays to gain a compensatory draft pick if he signs with another team. He hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and six stolen bases in 568 at-bats.


Jose Bautista hoping Melky Cabrera remains with Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Blue Jays star teammate Jose Bautista has handicapped a return of free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera at about 50-50, per Sportsnet.

"I think he's going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," Bautista said. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake - making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat - hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow."

Cabrera performed well in his second season with Toronto, compiling a stat line of .301/.351/.458 and scoring 81 runs.


Failed talks could free OF Melky Cabrera from Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Blue Jays slugger Melky Cabrera appears destined for free agency despite contract discussions with his current team.

"Clearly both sides right now can't seem to get together for various reasons," general manager Alex Anthopoulos told 590 The Fan on Friday.

The outfielder bounced back from a PED suspension to shine in 2014 with a stat line of .301/.351/.458 and 81 runs scored.


Blue Jays to extend qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Blue Jays plan to extend a qualifying offer to outfielder Melky Cabrera, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Tursday.

The qualifying offer to Cabrera will likely be between $15-16 million, according to the report, but the team won't stop there. The Blue Jays are also expected to negotiate with Cabrera on a long-term extension, coming off Cabrera's two-year, $16 million deal.

Cabrera hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a broken pinky earlier in the month.  


Melky Cabrera, Chad Jenkins both have season-ending surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitcher Chad Jenkins both underwent successful surgery on Monday, Sportsnet.ca reports. Cabrera had a procedure to repair a broken bone in his right pinkie finger, while Jenkins had a procedure to repair a fractured right hand. Both players were ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Melky Cabrera to have season-ending surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will have season-ending surgery on his broken pinky, according to the Toronto Star.

Cabrera injured his finger during Friday's game. He was removed in the middle of the contest, and went to have X-rays. Cabrera will undergo surgery at some point next week. He hit .300/.348/.457 over 567 at-bats.


Melky Cabrera leaves with finger injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera left Friday's game with a finger injury.

Cabrera will have precautionary X-rays on the pinky finger on his right hand. He injured himself on a pick off attempt, but didn't leave the game until fouling a ball off in the sixth inning.