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Melky Cabrera | Outfielder

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 208
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
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White Sox signed OF Melky Cabrera to a three-year, $42 million contract.
The deal was reported late Saturday night and is now official after Cabrera passed a physical. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the contract includes a limited no-trade clause. Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays and should fit nicely in the No. 2 spot in the White Sox' lineup. Dec 15 - 6:29 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Melky Cabrera's three-year deal with the White Sox will be for $42 million.

Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com first reported the deal late Saturday night and now we have more details. Cabrera reportedly entered the offseason looking for a four- or possibly five-year contract, but the $14 million average annual value of his deal with the White Sox isn't bad. Chicago will now likely trade Dayan Viciedo.
Dec 14 - 9:56 AM

Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports that the White Sox have agreed to a three-year contract with Melky Cabrera, pending a physical.

Exact terms aren't yet known, but the contract is expected to the in the $45 million range. It was reported on Friday that the Mariners made a three-year offer, but Cabrera apparently preferred the offer he got from Chicago. The 30-year-old batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays and further strengthens Chicago's lineup. Throw him in with the additions of Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, and Adam LaRoche and it's clear the White Sox intend to go for it in 2015.
Dec 14 - 12:24 AM

Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that the Mariners have offered Melky Cabrera a three-year contract.

The financials aren't known, but the three-year offer isn't a surprise since it's been reported the M's are hesitant to extend a four-year pact Cabrera's way. The Orioles are also reportedly willing to give Cabrera a 2-3 year deal, as it remains to be seen if the outfielder will be able to land the four-year contract he desires. The Royals have also been in on Cabrera but might be priced out of the competition.
Dec 12 - 5:11 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles would consider Melky Cabrera on a 2-3 year contract.

Like the Mariners, the Orioles would be a opposed to a four-year pact for Cabrera, but they'd be interested in him on a shorter deal. Cabrera is reportedly seeking a five-year contract in the $60 million range, but it's not sounding like anyone will be willing to meet those demands. That said, Cabrera is probably the best free agent bat still available, so he might choose to wait it out for the best possible deal.
Dec 12 - 10:02 AM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that the Mariners "appear unwilling to move beyond three years" for free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Dutton says Melky is seeking a five-year contract in the $60 million range. The M's are exploring other options to fill their corner-outfield need, including Dayan Viciedo of the White Sox. Cabrera, 30, batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays.
Dec 11 - 4:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners "remain (the) favorite" for Melky Cabrera.

The Royals had been in on the outfielder, but Heyman says they've decided Cabrera is "probably out of their price range." The Mariners are reportedly willing to offer Cabrera a deal similar to the four-year, $57 million pact they signed Nelson Cruz to. It's hard to see anyone else topping that offer.
Dec 8 - 8:23 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners are "serious" in their pursuit of Melky Cabrera.

"They want him," added Rosenthal. The news comes on the heels of CBS Sports' Jon Heyman's report on Saturday, which stated the M's appear willing to offer Cabrera a deal similar to the four-year, $57 million pact they signed Nelson Cruz to. There have been whispers that Cabrera prefers to play on the East Coast or possibly Midwest, but ultimately players almost always end up going to whoever bids highest.
Dec 7 - 1:48 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners appear willing to offer Melky Cabrera a contract similar to the four-year, $57 million deal they gave Nelson Cruz.

The M's are content on bolstering their offense this winter, and adding Cabrera would certainly be another step in the right direction. As they already surrendered their first found pick by signing Cruz, they wouldn't face the same hit that other teams would by signing Cabrera, who is also tied to draft pick compensation after rejecting the Blue Jays qualifying offer.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 6 - 11:03 AM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are showing interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera

The 30-year-old outfielder is a very popular option on the free agent market after hitting .301/.351/.458 with 16 homers and 73 RBI in 139 games for the Blue Jays this past season. The Giants and Royals have already expressed interest in his services as well.
Dec 5 - 7:36 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera left the Giants on bad terms in 2012 following his PED suspension, but the club is in need of some offense after losing out on Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, so the feeling is that the 30-year-old outfielder would be welcomed back with open arms. Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Toronto earlier this month, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation.
Dec 4 - 9:17 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Royals have contacted free agent OF Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera played for the Royals in 2011. Heyman noted that the Reds are also reportedly interested in the outfielder. The Mariners, Orioles and White Sox could also be in the mix. It has previously been noted that Cabrera is interested in playing either on the East Coast or in the Midwest, so this report about the Royals seems to line up with what he's looking for, though Kansas City's finances might preclude them from giving Cabrera the kind of long term deal he's seeking.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 3 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Melky Cabrera's preference is to not re-sign with the Blue Jays.

The reasoning is that he wants to get away from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. Cabrera was already looking unlikely to end up back in Toronto after the club signed Russell Martin to an $82 million contract. The outfielder is said to prefer to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest.
Nov 28 - 8:42 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are interested in free agent Melky Cabrera.

Heyman also names the Orioles and Mariners as potential fits for the 30-year-old outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Toronto earlier this month, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. The Jays are probably out of the mix to re-sign Cabrera because they spent $82 million on catcher Russell Martin.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's Bust Olney tweeted that the Blue Jays' signing of Russell Martin "likely takes" Melky out of long-term consideration for the team.

The Blue Jays will lose a draft pick for signing Martin, but they would gain one if Cabrera signs elsewhere. The Melk Man recently turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the team. Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 homers and 73 RBI over 139 games in 2014. Should he move on from the Blue Jays, it's been reported that Cabrera would prefer to play either on the East Coast or in the Midwest
Nov 17 - 5:16 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Dayan Viciedo
3J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Tony Campana
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam LaRoche
2Andy Wilkins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jeff Samardzija
3Jose Quintana
4John Danks
5Hector Noesi
6Francellis Montas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Zach Putnam
3Jake Petricka
4Zach Duke
5Daniel Webb
6Javy Guerra
7Nate Jones
8Maikel Cleto
9Dan Jennings
10Onelki Garcia
11Eric Surkamp
12Joe Savery
13Zach Phillips