Tag:Orlando Cabrera
Posted on: September 8, 2009 2:41 pm

Twins will wait and see

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins are taking a wait-and-see approach with SS Orlando Cabrera and pending free agents Mike Redmond, Joe Crede, Carl Pavano and Ron Mahay.

When asked if he'd like to stay with the Twins, he said he "felt comfortable" with the club. 

The Twins believe Cabrera has been a good influence on fellow Spanish-speaking players Alexi Casilla and Carlos Gomez but Cabrera'srange has been decreasing and the Twins must decide if it's worth gambling on an aging middle infielder.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 30, 2009 12:54 pm

Cabrera wants to stay with the A's

From Contra Costa Times :

A's relievers Michael Wuertz and Russ Springer also have reportedly drawn trade interest. But Orlando Cabrera seems the most likely to be moved. He's been on a tear offensively and is on a one-year contract.

Cabrera, though, indicated returning to the A's in 2010 appeals to him.

The A's don't have an obvious in-house candidate ready to take over shortstop if Cabrera leaves via free agency.

He's enjoyed this season, even as he says injuries decimated the A's chances of contending in the AL West.

"But there's always next year," said Cabrera, who's raised his average to .280. "I'd like to be a part of that."

Posted on: July 24, 2009 11:20 am

Twins' trade targets

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the Twins' trade targets are Oakland shortstop Orlando Cabrera and reliever Michael Wuertz.

If the Twins don't deal for Cabrera, there are indications that the Twins haven't ruled out another push for Pittsburgh 2B Freddy Sanchez.

Posted on: June 8, 2009 2:17 pm

Orlando Cabrera to the Red Sox?

An earlier report suggested that the Red Sox were looking for a shortstop and had talks with the A's to bring Orlando Cabrera back. However, the Boston Herald says that industry sources indicate the Sox are committed to sticking with Nick Green and Julio Lugo -- at least until Jed Lowrie returns from surgery. 

The Red Sox have made inquiries on Cabrera, but the cost - both in terms of his remaining salary and prospects they would have to deal - was deemed too costly.
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 21, 2009 3:48 pm

Stark On White Sox, Bedard, A's, Penny

A new Rumblings and Grumblings column from ESPN's Jayson Stark...

Posted on: May 16, 2009 11:25 am

Verducci: "It's A Young Man's Game"

SI.com's Tom Verducci links two of the year's most-discussed trends: the demand for young players and the demand for good defense, writing that "the renewed emphasis on defense hasn't helped the value of older players." As a result, teams are reluctant to sign older free agents like Frank Thomas and Jim Edmonds. Many of the older players who signed contracts this offseason are struggling; Verducci mentions Edgar Renteria and Orlando Cabrera among others. Of course it's too early in the season to make sweeping generalizations, but Verducci concludes that baseball's "a young man's game."

Verducci adds that teams like the Tigers and Rangers are playing better because they're defending better. Elvis Andrus has made his mistakes at short for the Rangers, but they're a stronger defensive team this year. Similarly, Brandon Inge and Adam Everett have strengthened the Tigers' defense and helped the team to an 18-16 start. The Rangers (1st) and the Tigers (3rd) are among the best teams in the league at converting balls in play into outs.
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:56 am

Rosenthal On Royals, Atkins, Baez, Huff

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has trade speculation in the sidebar of his latest column.

  • Rosenthal sees shortstop Mike Aviles as the Royals' weakest link, given his .523 OPS in 97 plate appearances.  Most projection systems had Aviles in the .720-.750 range.  Rosenthal runs through potential trade targets such as Orlando Cabrera, Jack Wilson, Miguel Tejada, and Marco Scutaro.  The first three have their flaws, and Scutaro doesn't figure to be available.
  • Rosenthal suggests the Rockies could accomplish their goal of more playing time for Ian Stewart by trading Garrett Atkins.  However, Atkins is fairly pricey and is off to a .224/.287/.367 start through 108 plate appearances.
  • Orioles reliever Danys Baez is generating trade buzz with his 2.30 ERA through 15.6 innings.  Baez is still owed $4.55MM of his $5.5MM '09 salary, and he also gets a $500K bonus if traded.  So just moving the contract might be a feat for Andy MacPhail, in my opinion.
  • Aubrey Huff, with $6.62MM left on his contract, could eventually draw interest from teams like the Royals and Mariners, in Rosenthal's opinion.  Huff seems back to his pre-2008 level; he's hitting .270/.331/.423 in 124 plate appearances.
Posted on: March 27, 2009 1:00 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2009 4:48 pm

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