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Melky Cabrera | Outfielder | #53

Team: Cleveland Indians
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 elected free agency.
Cabrera chose free agency over an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Cabrera, 33, batted just .207/.242/.293 with zero home runs through 66 plate appearances during his time with the Indians. He'll try to find a new opportunity elsewhere. Jun 18 - 1:13 PM

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Indians sent OF Melky Cabrera outright to Triple-A Columbus.

Cabrera cleared waivers and has decided to accept his outright assignment. He'll function as outfield depth for the Tribe.
Jun 17 - 8:23 AM

Indians designated OF Melky Cabrera for assignment.

Cabrera was batting just .207/.242/.293 with zero home runs through 66 plate appearances with Cleveland. He was signed to a minor league contract on April 23, after failing to attract significant interest all offseason. The 33-year-old outfielder will likely have to settle for another non-guaranteed minors deal.
Jun 14 - 11:26 AM

Melky Cabrera plated three runs Wednesday in the Indians’ victory over Chicago.

Cabrera drove in a run with a first-inning sac fly and followed that up with a two-run double in the third. He scored later in the inning on an RBI single by Erik Gonzalez. Cabrera was hitless in his other three plate appearances, though he did reach base in the sixth on a throwing error by shortstop Tim Anderson. The 33-year-old has been filling in for an injured Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) in right field.
May 30 - 4:55 PM

Melky Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his Indians' debut on Sunday night.

To be fair, it wasn't all Cabrera, as the Indians totaled just three hits as a team in this one against Lance McCullers and company. It still remains unclear if Cabrera will settle in as the club's everyday right fielder or if he'll function in more of a platoon capacity, but he should be owned in all AL-only formats.
May 20 - 11:00 PM

Indians purchased the contract of OF Melky Cabrera from Triple-A Columbus.

The veteran outfielder played in 10 games at Triple-A Columbus, hitting .286/.286/.381 with no homers and four RBI. He's in the lineup on Sunday against the Astros, batting sixth and playing right field.
May 20 - 5:01 PM

Melky Cabrera will receive a $1 million salary in the majors as part of his minor league contract with the Indians.

The deal, which is pending a physical, carries $1 million in additional incentives and also includes an opt-out. Cabrera, 33, batted .285/.324/.423 with 17 home runs and 85 RBI last season for the White Sox and Royals. He could end up carving out significant playing time in Cleveland's outfield.
Apr 24 - 12:34 PM

Indians signed OF Melky Cabrera to a minor league contract.

The news was first reported by Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital and confirmed by's Jon Morosi. Cabrera, 33, batted .285/.324/.423 with 17 home runs and 85 RBI last season for the White Sox and Royals. He will need some time in the minors to knock the rust off but should be added to the Indians' roster sometime next month and see at-bats in right field.
Apr 23 - 11:23 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM confirms that the Marlins have spoken with free agent outfielders Melky Cabrera and Jon Jay.

This backs up recent reports from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Joe Frisaro of Mish hears that Cabrera wants two years, but the rebuilding Marlins would prefer a one-year commitment for either. If they end up signing one of them, they will almost certainly become trade bait around midseason.
Feb 13 - 12:53 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are looking to add another outfielder through free agency.

The Marlins are woefully thin in the outfield after dealing away their entire starting outfield from a season ago this winter (Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcel Ozuna). Frisaro mentions Melky Cabrera, Jon Jay and Jose Bautista as possible targets. All are players who would presumably come in on a one-year deal with the potential to be flipped at the trade deadline.
Feb 11 - 6:59 PM

According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Royals, Marlins and Pirates are among teams looking at free agent Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera has been a pretty consistent bat, but the defense just keeps getting worse and he's been a real asset just two of the last five seasons. He'd make more sense as a fourth outfielder and part-time DH than as a starter going forward.
Feb 1 - 7:09 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:40:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 10:44:00 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.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 09:56:00 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.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 11:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Rajai Davis
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Mike Clevinger
5Shane Bieber
6Adam Plutko
7Danny Salazar
8Cody Anderson
9Ryan Merritt
Relief Pitcher
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Nick Goody
4Tyler Olson
5Dan Otero
6Zach McAllister
7Josh Tomlin
8Neil Ramirez
9Oliver Perez
10Evan Marshall
11George Kontos