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53 Melky Cabrera LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/210 | Birthdate: 8/11/1984 | Birthplace: Bajos De Haina, DR | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/66 | Average Draft Position: 96.75
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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu out of the lineup on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday, the team announced. 

Abreu will be replaced by Adam LaRoche at first with Melky Cabrera taking the third slot in the batting order.

"I would prefer to continue to play, stay in the lineup, but Robin made the decision to give me the day off," Abreu said through an interpreter. "I have to be ready just in case the team needs to me for an at-bat or something."

Abreu is hitting .288 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 118 at-bats this season. The White Sox are currently the underdogs (+110) against Milwaukee.


White Sox OF Melky Cabrera hits homer, gets 4 RBI in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 7-6 win over the Tigers. 

Cabrera went yard to right field on a 2-1 pitch that scored Micah Johnson and Adam Eaton. It's Cabrera's first home run of the season. He finished the game with four RBI as he also drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. 

Cabrera is now hitting .277/.330/.330 for the season. 


Ventura explains lineup moves of White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The lineup move Thursday made by White Sox manager Robin Ventura in which Alexei Ramirez was elevated to the second spot and Melky Cabrera dropped to third was done on a bit of a whim.

"It hasn't really jelled just yet so something to mix it up," Ventura told the Chicago Tribune. "Alexei has done well in the past hitting second."

Ramirez owns a .277 lifetime batting average hitting in the second spot, which is two points higher than his overall mark.

It is hope the switch will get Cabrera going. His .296 slugging percentage is 162 points lower than what he achieved in 2014. He has no home runs and five RBI.


White Sox's Melky Cabrera delivers walkoff single in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera went 1 for 4 with a walk and a walkoff RBI single in his team's 4-3 win over the Indians Monday.

The White Sox found themselves behind 3-0 with one out in the ninth inning, but two doubles sandwiched around one walk brought the first two runs of the inning home, and four straight singles followed to give the White Sox the dramatic win.

Cabrera entered play Saturday with just six singles in 37 at-bats, but he's 7 for 13 with a double and three RBI in his last three games. He has hit .260//275/.280 in 50 at-bats to start the season.


Melky Cabrera not worried about White Sox's slow start at plate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera isn't worried about the team's slow start at the plate. He's still impressed with the Chicago offense. 

"This is a very good one, one of the best," he said, per MLB.com. "You have speed and you have power. You have everything and that's good for us. It makes you feel good, comfortable, when you are playing in a lineup like this."

"Our best way to handle the expectation is to keep the focus simple," he added. "To try hard every day and just think of what we can do and not what else the other teams can do. Just think of us and be confident in our talent."


Struggling White Sox OF Cabrera dips average to .162


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) White Sox newcomer Melky Cabrera. who has started hot in each of the last four years, is so cold to start this season that he could sink the Titanic.

Cabrera was batting .287, 324, .306 and .325 after nine games from 2011 through 2014 respectively. But after a hitless performance Friday in Detroit, his average has dipped to .162. He has scored just three runs and driven in none.

The veteran appears to be pressing at the plate. He has yet to walk and has no extra-base hits, leaving his leaving his on-base percentage and slugging percentage at .162 as well.


White Sox set Opening Day lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox posted their Opening Day lineup for Monday against the Royals. 

The Sox will start: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Leury Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Alexei Ramirez SS. Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B. Jeff Samardzija will be the starting pitcher.


Melky Cabrera fitting in with White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) New White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera is with his sixth MLB organization, but he feels comfortable. 

"I think there is a way you have to build a chemistry and a relationship with a team, and for me it's been easy here to adapt with the guys," Cabrera said, per the Chicago Tribune.

Cabrera hit .305 in spring games and impressed his teammates at the plate. 

"You can't say enough about him at the plate," center fielder Adam Eaton said. "He handles the bat extremely well. It seems like every time I was on base or around him, he was hitting the ball on the nose, so we're excited to have him."

Cabrera's powerful arm has also helped improve the team's defense. 

"You want to be able to shut down the first to third," manager Robin Ventura said. "When you have arms like that it just keeps people from taking that extra base."


White Sox's Cabrera, Eaton learning each other's tendencies


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) White Sox outfielders Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton are learning each other's tendencies, according to MLB.com.

The two players are expected to be at the top of the order once the regular season begins, and it's important that they can work together. "It's a process," Cabrera said. "We have to learn each other and how we can be successful together."

Both players sat down and discussed strategy recently, explained what they like to do in different situations. Eaton is expected to swipe a lot of bases, so it's important to him that Cabrera knows what situations he likes. On the flip side, there may be situations where Cabrera would prefer Eaton not run. 

Eaton seemed to be satisfied after talking to his new teammate. "This relationship is only going to build," Eaton said. "Like I said, we took leaps and bounds just on Day One. Hopefully, we'll continue to work on that. I think it's going to be very important to the offense."


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.