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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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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 MLB.com. 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

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Joe Frisaro of MLB.com 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.
Source: MLB.com
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

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.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 09:12:00 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.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 11:29:00 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 batting line with 13 homers this season and will be a free agent this winter. 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.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 01:10:00 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.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:22:00 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.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 02:46:00 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.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 08:32:00 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.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 03:43:00 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.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 12:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cam Gallagher
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
2Paulo Orlando
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Scott Barlow