Braves Release Melky Cabrera

The Braves released Melky Cabrera, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Cabrera, who joined the Braves in last winter's Javier Vazquez trade, was a non-tender candidate after a disappointing season in Atlanta. The 26-year-old hit just .255/.317/.354 in 509 plate appearances this year, so the Braves decided not to tender him a contract worth anything close to his 2010 salary of $3.1MM. 

Cabrera can play all three outfield positions and was useful at the plate for the 2009 World Champion Yankees, so he figures to draw interest as a fourth outfielder. Whichever club signs Cabrera will have him under team control through 2012.

The Braves expected more from Cabrera, but they did obtain Arodys Vizcaino in the Vazquez deal. The 19-year-old right-hander was pitching well in the minors before a torn elbow ligament forced him out of action for most of the second half.


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130 Comments on "Braves Release Melky Cabrera"


csg
4 years 10 months ago

good, should have released him about a year ago

ChaseML
4 years 10 months ago

Before he even played for the Braves eh?

ebraves
4 years 10 months ago

yes..
I’d like to think that the Yankees wouldn’t complete the deal unless the braves took Melky off their hands… Vizciano was the prize. Dunn was a bonus. Melky was a throw in to carry bags.
They should have released him in spring training. What a waste… Garret Anderson 2.0

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

Nah, Anderson was clearly better.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 10 months ago

Yankees could have non-tendered him a contract.

4 years 10 months ago

He’ll catch on somewhere….He’s only 26 so some team may think that he’ll show some upside if he gets comfortable…Good 4th outfielder

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 10 months ago

Melky was well liked in NY for his defensive versatility and his good at bats in the clutch. We all knew he was marginal as a third outfielder, but having him around was a great insurance policy. One that paid off nicely in 2009, when Brett Gardner was injured as much as healthy.

csg
4 years 10 months ago

exactly, the Braves shouldnt have ever taken him. Since they did, they shouldve released him before he ever put on a Braves uni

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 10 months ago

Wow! The Melky hatred runs deep in the heart of the Braves fan. I understand he was disappointing, but was surprised to see McLouth and Ankiel played ahead of him in the playoffs.

Can you let the rest of us who don’t follow the Braves exactly what went wrong / how bad he was?

Yucavich
4 years 10 months ago

Sure.

Melky got fat and lazy. His “defensive versatility” that you described in another post was not seen at all, as he performed at sub-optimal levels at each OF spot. He was not clutch at all this season, and he played in way too many games. Like all of the other non-Heyward Braves outfielders, he’s a 4th OF at best, and he should be used as such. Unfortunately, the Braves were forced to throw him into so much action because of his “defensive versatility” and “ability” to switch-hit.

NYBravosFan10
4 years 10 months ago

Well…that’s the first step to getting a quality, everyday outfielder that can provide consistent help with very few question marks attached.

redsox4120
4 years 10 months ago

that trade didn’t really work out for either sides

HTF
4 years 10 months ago

Uh we got a top prospect pitcher there, sport.

redsox4120
4 years 10 months ago

As of right now, it didn’t work, sport. Anything can happen to a prospect. Maybe in a couple years it’ll come around, but as of right now, it didn’t really do anything for either team.

Yucavich
4 years 10 months ago

Mike Dunn.

bbxxj
4 years 10 months ago

In a somewhat small sample size for the Braves Dunn has already posted a 1.89 ERA and a 12.75 K/9 in 25 games. He also throws on average 94-95 MPH from the left side with a really nice slider. His only wart is his control and given he hasn’t been pitching too long he still has a reasonable amount left he can develop.

tomymogo
4 years 10 months ago

Mike Dunn is awesome, better than Boone Logan, and he isn’t arbitration eligible unlike Logan.

BravesAndTigers
4 years 10 months ago

You forgot to say ‘Sport’.

HTF
4 years 10 months ago

Well lets see. They don’t have Vaz anymore, we don’t have Melky anymore. We both have decent lefties. That leaves our 4-7th best prospect. I’d say we came out on top. But that’s just using simple logic, wouldn’t expect you to follow.

vtadave
4 years 10 months ago

Don’t bait the guy. He probably thinks the Braves got Jose Vizcaino, not Arodys.

4 years 10 months ago

We still got a top prospect. Either way, you can’t call the trade a failure or a success for both sides before seeing what Vizcaino does, or if he gets flipped to add a bat to the Braves.

coolstorybro222
4 years 10 months ago

Like when you traded Hanley and he became a mega uber star shorstop and then you signed nick green two years later?

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

For serious. I cried all through the parade.

coolstorybro222
4 years 10 months ago

For serious you couldn’t make the playoffs. this year? or make it out of the first round last year?

I would advise you resign Mike Cameron because that was a great move.

Tko11
4 years 10 months ago

The Red Sox played great this year, stop being a hater. They had injuries the entire year to key players and still made a great run.

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

Dude, didn’t your team, who have won exactly one World Series in the past five decades (None in the past decade and a half, I’ll add), just get unceremoniously dumped from the playoffs by the vegas odds worst team left in the playoffs? After a four year absence from said playoffs?

Glass houses and all that, man. You’re not exactly in a position to talk down to people about their rooting interest.

4 years 10 months ago

While he shouldn’t be talking smack either, you don’t really have a leg to stand on with the “being put out by the team that’s about to make it to the World Series” thing.

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

The ALCS is a best of seven series, last I checked.

That said, I mean no disrespect to the Giants, I’d love to see them in the World Series, my point was entirely that the Braves got bounced hard from the playoffs by a team that is, on paper, probably the weakest left in the playoffs after missing the playoffs four years running. Not a position one should be smack talking from.

bravesfaninLA
4 years 10 months ago

Bounced hard? Did you see the same series I saw? Because I saw four one run games, two of which were decided by terrible umpiring calls, the posey stolen base and Infante allegedly getting pulled off the bag in game four.

guest_54
4 years 10 months ago

The weakest team to make the playoffs WAS the Braves and they lost one run games to the Giants who appear on the verge of going to the World Series. Just look at their starting lineup.

There was actually an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution where their writer suggested that the team would not have been able to field that lineup in a spring training road game because of the rule stating you have to have four starters attend. So, I’m not buying that the Giants were the weakest team in the playoffs.

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

Note I said “weakest left.” Of the four remaining teams, the Giants are probably the weakest.

guest_54
4 years 10 months ago

Your point seems to be that the Braves were “bounced hard” by a team that shouldn’t have beat them. Maybe I don’t understand the point of your comment. Am I missing something?

0bsessions
4 years 10 months ago

For serious. I cried all through the parade.

Tko11
4 years 10 months ago

I think both sides won that trade…if they didnt make the trade then they wouldnt have made the playoffs in 07. Lowell had 120 rbis and Beckett was great. Not sure why youre bashing this trade so much.

$1529282
4 years 10 months ago

Getting Dunn and Vizcaino hasn’t done anything for the Braves? The Braves saved millions of dollars, added a useful arm to their bullpen for 2010 who contributed to a playoff appearance, and added a Top 75 MLB prospect. I’d say it did something for them.

dickylarue
4 years 10 months ago

Vizcaino was a top 75 prospect last off season and before another arm injury. His ranking will drop.

dickylarue
4 years 10 months ago

Vizcaino was a top 75 prospect last off season and before another arm injury. His ranking will drop.

$1529282
4 years 10 months ago

Getting Dunn and Vizcaino hasn’t done anything for the Braves? The Braves saved millions of dollars, added a useful arm to their bullpen for 2010 who contributed to a playoff appearance, and added a Top 75 MLB prospect. I’d say it did something for them.

roberty
4 years 10 months ago

The Braves traded one year of a fairly expensive starting pitcher for two quality young arms. The Braves dumped payroll and picked up prospects.

bbxxj
4 years 10 months ago

While I agree for 2010 the trade was a loss for both side, looking at the deal long term the Braves have much more potential to come out on the positive side. Vizcaino is a legit ace prospect and would be the #1 pitching prospect in most systems but gets overshadowed by Teheran and even Minor and Delgado.

Cabrera was never the centerpiece of the trade. The trade was meant to be a salary dump so we could sign Glaus and Hinske etc and to get the most overall talent we could. Wren really wanted Vizcaino and Dunn is a nice piece and Cabrera was just an auxiliary throw in to be a fourth outfielder.

4 years 10 months ago

That is, until Bobby Cox got him.

roberty
4 years 10 months ago

We also traded Boone Logan to New York in that deal, and he had his best year in the majors.

Yucavich
4 years 10 months ago

And he still has a 5.10 career ERA and 1.61 WHIP…that doesn’t make him a good pitcher.

roberty
4 years 10 months ago

The point is that part of the trade worked out for the Yankees. His career numbers are not in question here.

Yucavich
4 years 10 months ago

Right but at the time of the deal he had a career ERA approaching 6. Not to mention, the Braves had one of the best bullpens in baseball this year. Don’t see how he could have helped, and he is likely to fall off in a big way after this year.From a 2010 MLB perspective, Yankees win the deal as Melky plays a very suboptimal OF, and Logan and Dunn each have solid years. Longterm, this deal appears to weigh heavily in favor of the Braves. If nothing else, we got a lot of $ freed up to sign Glaus (MVP of May and early June) and Hinske.

roberty
4 years 10 months ago

We also traded Boone Logan to New York in that deal, and he had his best year in the majors.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 10 months ago

It wasn’t so bad for us. From May 1 to July 31, Vazquez was 8-4 with a 3.66 ERA and Boone Logan was good for us. We limped into the playoffs, and if we had replacement level pitching in those three months where Javy was good, we would not have made it at all.Now if Vizcaino or Dunn turns into a really good pitcher, we’ll rue the day we made the move, since Javy was NEVER considered part of the Yanks long-term picture.

HTF
4 years 10 months ago

There is a God.

4 years 10 months ago

Thank God, he was horrible.

LawUSA87
4 years 10 months ago

No more Milky Milky Cocoa puffs…woohoo.

4 years 10 months ago

Can play all 3 outfield positions? Maybe in a rec softball league.

4 years 10 months ago

Saying Melky can play all three outfield positions is like saying Adam Dunn can play shortstop. Sure, technically you can place him there in the lineup, but the question is do you really want to?

CowboyJames
4 years 10 months ago

then wouldn’t that mean he can play all FOUR outfield spots :)

Marc_from_Brooklyn
4 years 10 months ago

I am very surprised that teams don’t release guys they plan to non-tender more often. Each year, when clearing the 60-day disabled list after the World Series or making room for an early free agent signing, teams lose players they might want to keep around, either on waivers when trying to outright a player out of options or as a free agent when a veteran declines a minor league assignment, yet end up with roster slots in December when they non-tender someone. I understand that teams want to get some value for these possible non-tenders by trading them, but there are always one or two guys like Melky who will never be traded because the world knows they will be non-tendered in December. So, for these untradeables, why not release them early and clear the roster spot before December?

patburn
4 years 10 months ago

this is great news. Next up Nate McClouth?

bbxxj
4 years 10 months ago

Well Nate McLouth has guaranteed money in 2011 so he cannot be non-tendered. His performance after his DL/minor league demotion was very encouraging. I expect him to be much better in his walk year next year.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

Also remember that Chipper got a hold of McLouth to help him get better, and TP is no longer the hitting coach, which means McLouth will do better.

cookmeister
4 years 10 months ago

I’m not too familiar with the Braves needs in the outfield. Lefty or righty power bat? Speedy leadoff type?

NYBravosFan10
4 years 10 months ago

Either righty or lefty. Someone who can play left field everyday and perform well with a strong possibility of a 20/80 season at the very least.

cookmeister
4 years 10 months ago

would the braves have interest in Juan Rivera? Just a couple seasons removed from a 25 homer 88 RBI season. i’ll give him to you for some baseballs and seeds

NYBravosFan10
4 years 10 months ago

there were some connections with him and the Braves last year in a possible trade for javier vasquez or derek lowe

cookmeister
4 years 10 months ago

i mean his contract isnt too bad. i mean 5 mil for 20 homers and 80 rbi’s is pretty decent. i think the angels just want to rid themselves of an outfielder.

cookmeister
4 years 10 months ago

would the braves have interest in Juan Rivera? Just a couple seasons removed from a 25 homer 88 RBI season. i’ll give him to you for some baseballs and seeds

4 years 10 months ago

Righty power bat, and a leadoff man. Of course, we’ll only get one and have McLouth too.

CowboyJames
4 years 10 months ago

I would say the NEED is a righty but it would be ok to end up with a left handed bat as long as its not another ” .190/.298/.322 left handed bat”

YanksFanSince78
4 years 10 months ago

Melky was never more than a very good 4th OF or CF place holder (for Austin Jackson or Brett Gardner) but I was shocked and how much he regressed when he went to the Atl. I saw a few games and he looked a little out of shape, was swinging wildly outside the strike zone and made a couple of bad plays in the field (and didn’t seem to hustle). The lack of hustle and poor defense were surprising because he was better than that in NY.

I didn’t realize that Vizcaino was hurt again. That’s his 2nd arm related injury in the last 3 years I think. Hopefully, he can find a way to stay healthy.

We all know how bad Vazquez 2.0 turned out.

This may come down to the story of two lefty power relievers. I liked Dunn w/ the Yanks but he was way too wild. His low ERA doesn’t quite tell the story though. 8 BB/9, 88 batters faced in only 19 IP and a whip of 1.68 is crazy high. Boone Logan may not have the same gas as Dunn but he can still bring it at 94 mph and seems to have decent control.

Slopeboy
4 years 10 months ago

The deal with Melky is that in the NY line-up, he was a contributing piece in a strong line-up. He was never a focal point, played decent defense, threw out several runners and quickly got a rep for that. He had a number of touted walk-offs, but he was never more than a 4th OF. Playing in Atlanta everyday and in a less potent offense, he’s been exposed. And yes, he looked somewhat chunky this year.

CowboyJames
4 years 10 months ago

in Melky’s defense, I noticed him running hard on ground outs, at least late in the season. And I do remember one game maybe back in June or July in which he made a diving grab on a sinking liner to shallow CF (Melky was in CF) It was for out 3 with the tying run on base I believe. Other than that, one walk off single i think…? hmmm? probably a good guy but see you later Melkster-best of luck

4 years 10 months ago

you think the dodgers might sign this guy?

coolstorybro222
4 years 10 months ago

They keep signing our old outfielders, so yeah.

and when Melky comes back to the ATL I am booing him so hard. He screwed us over on that hit in the playoffs.

4 years 10 months ago

if you’re a dodgers fan, you better hope not.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 10 months ago

They signed Garret Anderson, if they didn’t learn before, they just might.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

With this release, and Diaz most likely going to be non-tendered, the Braves should have about $15-$20 million to spend this offseason. If you include Saito and his arbitration, if they don’t non-tender him, which will be about $4.5-$5 million. If they choose to let Saito go, they should have enough for a veteran RP and OF.

abraves10
4 years 10 months ago

They ar eletting Saito go which means more money will be freed up to go get a speedy center fielder who can platoon with McLouth(perferably right handed) and a right handed power bat…I can still see us going after Werth but it may end up being too much and as far as the reliever i say we sign Jesse Crain.We could probably get the speedy center fielder in a trade for kawakami and then sign Brad penny as the #5 starter

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

McLouth will be the starting CF on Opening Day, unless he’s hurt or traded. Diaz will be non-tendered, and most likely signed for a cheaper price, which will give all the OFers days off, along with Hinske if he re-signs. The power bat will play LF, and most likely hit behind or in front of McCann. Crain is one of those pitchers you bring in for one out and that’s all. He’s only completed 1/4 of his outings in his career. Braves would have to eat about 1/3-1/2 of Kawakami’s salary even to get anything even back. Wren has made it clear that Braves will NOT sign a SP. They have Hudson, Lowe, Hanson, Jurrjens, and Minor. Saito has been released.

abraves10
4 years 10 months ago

When has he made it clear that they will not sign a SP? and diaz cant play center so who gets the day off then which is why we need a backup for McLouth and who is your option for the veteran bullpen arm?

abraves10
4 years 10 months ago

When has he made it clear that they will not sign a SP? and diaz cant play center so who gets the day off then which is why we need a backup for McLouth and who is your option for the veteran bullpen arm?

4 years 10 months ago

Saito was released with Melky, as was stipulated in his contract. Not to get released with Melky, but to get released.

4 years 10 months ago

This was meant to be a reply to BravesRed.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

I did not read that until I just researched it. I would love to have Saito back, but only for cheaper than his $3.1 million deal.

4 years 10 months ago

Give me someone that can pitch on back-to-back days.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

Matt Guerrier? Most likely not going to be offered arbitration.

4 years 10 months ago

There’s several options, and a few that I feel are better than Guerrier. We may not end up signing a veteran RP and let Moylan be that mentor in the bullpen. It wouldn’t surprise me to see us go with a bullpen filled with kids like Beachy and Gearrin.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t care what they do. They can suck horribly, but as long as they get rid of Diory Hernandez.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

I don’t care what they do. They can suck horribly, but as long as they get rid of Diory Hernandez.

4 years 10 months ago

There’s several options, and a few that I feel are better than Guerrier. We may not end up signing a veteran RP and let Moylan be that mentor in the bullpen. It wouldn’t surprise me to see us go with a bullpen filled with kids like Beachy and Gearrin.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

Matt Guerrier? Most likely not going to be offered arbitration.

4 years 10 months ago

Didn’t the braves save around 7 mil with the Vazquez/Cabrera trade? Given the tight budget ATL deals with, I would say that’s a win for them.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

If you add the 500,000 to the 11.5 million, which is 12 million, subtract 3.1, and you get about 8.9 million.

vin050
4 years 10 months ago

would love the birdnals to sign him

ChiefTomahawk
4 years 10 months ago

FINALLY! This move should have been made in July to make room for Cody Ross. Silly we never made a strong push for Ross but that besides the point. At least we got the spoiled milk out of the fridge. Adios!

p.s. the one thing I hated about Melky was his NYY attitude. He came in and never hustled never appeared to chase after line drives…. Glad to see him go

dickylarue
4 years 10 months ago

I wouldn’t call it a NYY attitude. When Melky was in NY last season he played hard after dogging it in 2008 and being sent to AAA. I think he had to be watched by Girardi and the vets on the team from losing his focus. The Yankees as a team play hard every night and guys like Melky who take some plays off are dealt with internally or they are sent away. Melky’s attitude was always his attitude and not something that the Yankees endorse.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 10 months ago

Ummmm……Melky was never accused of dogging it and the reason why he was sent to AAA was because he lost the job to Brett Gardner in AAA. However, he got off to a good start in AAA and was brought back up and won the job back and had a strong 1st half in 2009 including some walk off hits.

His rep for hustling in NY was the reason I was shocked when I saw him sort of lathargic in games playing for Atlanta.

dickylarue
4 years 10 months ago

I wouldn’t call it a NYY attitude. When Melky was in NY last season he played hard after dogging it in 2008 and being sent to AAA. I think he had to be watched by Girardi and the vets on the team from losing his focus. The Yankees as a team play hard every night and guys like Melky who take some plays off are dealt with internally or they are sent away. Melky’s attitude was always his attitude and not something that the Yankees endorse.

ChiefTomahawk
4 years 10 months ago

FINALLY! This move should have been made in July to make room for Cody Ross. Silly we never made a strong push for Ross but that besides the point. At least we got the spoiled milk out of the fridge. Adios!

p.s. the one thing I hated about Melky was his NYY attitude. He came in and never hustled never appeared to chase after line drives…. Glad to see him go

ChiefTomahawk
4 years 10 months ago

I also want to add this a strong move and sends a bold statement on Wrens part. Whether or not he comes back and puts up similar numbers like he did in NY, he deserves to be cut. He came in didn’t do his job and never played with heart.

As for anyalzing the trade, I think many fans were confused and shocked as to why we pulled the trigger on the deal. Obviously, Wren and Co. saw something with Javy so they wanted to deal him. He was at a peak of his career but had a really bad salary. $14+ mill and Free agent the following year.

ChiefTomahawk
4 years 10 months ago

I also want to add this a strong move and sends a bold statement on Wrens part. Whether or not he comes back and puts up similar numbers like he did in NY, he deserves to be cut. He came in didn’t do his job and never played with heart.

As for anyalzing the trade, I think many fans were confused and shocked as to why we pulled the trigger on the deal. Obviously, Wren and Co. saw something with Javy so they wanted to deal him. He was at a peak of his career but had a really bad salary. $14+ mill and Free agent the following year.