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Indians Officially Announce the Signing of OF Melky Cabrera to a Minor League Deal

CLEVELAND – The Indians announced late on Wednesday that they have officially come to terms with free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, inking him to a minor league contract.

The 33-year-old last season played for both the White Sox and Royals, hitting a combined .285 (177-for-620) with 17 home runs and 85 RBI in 156 games.

The 13-year vet has a Major League career batting average of .286 (1786-6250) with 344 doubles, 44 triples, 131 home runs and 768 RBI in 1676 games since debuting with the New York Yankees in 2005.

Among active switch-hitters, he currently ranks second in RBI (768) and 3rd in hits (1786), runs (824) and doubles (344). He is a veteran of 22 career Postseason games and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 All-Star Game.

It will be interesting to see how quickly Cabrera can make it to the big league roster, and if so the team decides to let go of a player such as Rajai Davis, who is hitting just .176 in 16 games thus far, (6-for-34).

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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