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.
– We’ve signed Melky Cabrera to a Minor League deal. He’ll report to Goodyear. pic.twitter.com/SjQGkzv0ix
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 25, 2018
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).