Reds Sign Orlando Cabrera

Shortstop Orlando Cabrera officially signed a one-year, $3.02MM deal with the Reds today.  The contract pays $2.02MM in 2010.  There's also a $4MM mutual option for '11 with a $500K buyout if Cabrera declines and a $1MM buyout if the Reds decline.  Yahoo's Tim Brown first tweeted news of the agreement, with MLB.com's Mark Sheldon adding the contract details.

Cabrera, 35, hit .284/.316/.389 in 708 plate appearances for the Athletics and Twins last year.  1400 innings may not be enough to draw a defensive conclusion, but Cabrera's UZR/150 was below average in 2009 after above average ratings the previous two years.  For Cabrera to represent an upgrade for the Reds over Paul Janish, the veteran's glovework will need to bounce back.

The Rockies and Nationals also expressed late interest in Cabrera.  Last year, he signed with the A's on March 2nd.


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