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Melky Cabrera | Outfielder | #53

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / NYY
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Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4 as the Royals' No. 3 hitter against the Tigers on Tuesday.
The Royals were officially eliminated tonight. Ideally, that would mean Cabrera spends the rest of the season on the bench, putting Jorge Soler in right field for the final five games. These are the Royals, though, so we wouldn't count on that happening. Sep 26 - 11:40 PM

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Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

The outfielder plated the only run in the game with a run-scoring single in the third inning. All three of his hits were singles -- in fact, there wasn't an extra-base hit at all in this 1-0 barnburner. It'll come right down to the wire, but the 33-year-old is closing in on career highs in runs batted in and homers with a little over a week left to play. Cabrera owns a .288/.329/.430 line with 82 RBI, 17 homers and 76 runs scored through Thursday's games.
Sep 21 - 10:44 PM

Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4 against the Blue Jays on Tuesday and is in a 11-for-62 slump.

The Royals almost certainly would have been better off had they not traded for Cabrera; he's hit just .262/.301/.404 in 183 at-bats while also playing his usual poor defense in the outfield. Jorge Bonifacio would have done better than that.
Sep 19 - 9:56 PM

Melky Cabrera clubbed a clutch two-run bomb to put his team ahead in the eighth inning against his former White Sox teammates.

The home run off reliever Aaron Bummer provide the game-winning margin. The veteran outfielder is often overlooked in fantasy leagues despite being consistently good if not great for many seasons now. He is on pace to set new career highs in home runs and RBI this year. He wields a .297 batting average with 16 home runs and 69 RBI in 111 games.
Aug 12 - 11:20 PM

Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI on Sunday, leading the Royals to a 9-1 victory over the Mariners in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Cabrera clubbed a go-ahead three-run homer in the third inning that put the Royals on top to stay. He added an RBI double in the seventh inning as icing on the cake. With the three-hit attack, the veteran outfielder is hitting .296/.338/.441 with 14 homers and 62 RBI.
Aug 6 - 9:12 PM

Melky Cabrera went 1-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch during Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

The Royals couldn't get much going against Jeremy Hellickson. Cabrera's hit was one of only five his team could conjure up all night. This was his third game with his new team after coming over in a deadline deal with the White Sox. He is batting .292/.336/.432 with 13 homers and 56 RBI.
Aug 2 - 11:29 PM

Royals acquired OF Melky Cabrera and cash considerations from the White Sox in exchange for RHP A.J. Puckett and LHP Andre Davis.

Cabrera's season with the Royals back in 2011 was a turning point in his career, and he returns there now to see if he can help Kansas City make a postseason run. The soon-to-be 33-year-old sports a .295/.336/.436 with 13 homers this season and will be a free agent after the season. Cabrera could see playing time in the designated hitter and in the corner outfield spots, with Brandon Moss and Alex Gordon both seemingly vulnerable to losing at-bats.
Jul 30 - 1:10 PM

Melky Cabrera posted three singles, a double and a run scored over five at-bats in Saturday's 5-4 setback against the Indians.

It's the second four-hit game for Cabrera since July 22. He is hitting a robust .341 (31-for-91) with six doubles, five homers and 10RBI in the month of July, raising his average from .281 to .295. The solid month comes on the heels of a very good June when he hit .313 with 15 RBI. He has bounced back after a slow start and is producing big numbers, even if the White Sox are crumbling around him.
Jul 30 - 12:22 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Melky Cabrera is drawing "a little interest."

Cabrera is owed around $5 million in the final year of a three-year, $42 million deal and his outfield defense has always been poor, but the 32-year-old switch-hitter has slashed .293/.340/.446 with 27 home runs and 142 RBI in 246 games over the last two seasons. He would make sense as a bench bat for a variety of contending clubs.
Jul 27 - 2:46 PM

Melky Cabrera (foot) went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored in his return to action Monday against the Cubs.

Cabrera left Sunday's game with a bruised left foot, but it's not a big deal. The 32-year-old outfielder is batting .293/.337/.440 with 13 homers and 56 RBI over 93 games this season and should be the subject of trade rumors leading up to the deadline.
Jul 25 - 8:32 AM

Melky Cabrera departed Sunday's game against the Royals with a bruised left foot.

Cabrera initially stayed in the game after fouling a ball off the foot but was eventually removed. It's unclear whether he'll undergo any additional testing or if he can safely be called day-to-day.
Jul 23 - 3:43 PM

Melky Cabrera went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a home run in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Cabrera had Royals starter Jason Vargas' number, swatting a solo homer off him in the third inning before knocking an RBI double in the fifth. The runs were the only two the Sox would muster on the evening. In the midst of a wasteland of a season for the club, Cabrera has quietly had a terrific offensive year, batting .296/.340/.446 with 13 homers, 56 RBI and 52 runs scored. Given those numbers, it wouldn't be shocking to see the 32-year-old free agent-to-be dealt before the trade deadline, but there hasn't been much smoke around Cabrera to date.
Jul 23 - 12:52 AM

Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored but his team fell to the Mariners on Saturday.

He led off the White Sox' portion of the first inning by swatting a solo homer off Felix Hernandez. In his next at-bat he laced an RBI single. Cabrera is having a productive season in fantasy terms, wielding a .290 batting average with 11 home runs, 50 runs scored and 53 RBI. He has yet to steal a base this year.
Jul 15 - 11:29 PM

Melky Cabrera swatted a two-run homer and a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

Cabrera took Daniel Gossett deep in the third inning to get the scoring going. He was retired in his next three plate appearances but then knotted things up with a two-out, two-strike RBI single in the top of the ninth. Unfortunately for the Pale Hose, the A's then walked it off in the bottom of the frame.
Jul 4 - 7:21 PM

Melky Cabrera went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two walks in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

The Melk Man put the White Sox out in front with a solo home run off Tyson Ross with one out in the first inning. The dinger was his ninth of the season and bumped his RBI total to 47. He has picked up three extra-base hits in his last three games and is slashing .285/.335/.410 for the campaign as a whole.
Jul 2 - 6:17 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Raul Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Melky Cabrera
2Brandon Moss
3Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Jake Junis
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Peter Moylan
7Neftali Feliz
8Kevin McCarthy
9Brian Flynn
10Miguel Almonte
11Mike Morin
12Trevor Cahill
13Andres Machado