Giants Avoid Arbitration With Melky Cabrera

The Giants avoided arbitration with outfielder Melky Cabrera, tweets ESPN's Enrique Rojas, signing him for $6MM.  Cabrera, who is represented by ACES, received a healthy $4.75MM raise over last year's free agent base salary.  The Giants acquired Cabrera on November 7th from the Royals for another arbitration eligible player, Jonathan Sanchez.

As our arbitration tracker shows, the Giants' remaining arbitration eligible players are Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval, and Nate Schierholtz.    


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15 Comments on "Giants Avoid Arbitration With Melky Cabrera"


RBIBaseball
3 years 7 months ago

Only the Giants would give 6 million to a fourth outfielder.

gmenfan
3 years 7 months ago

With Pagan and Cabrera, I hope the Giants front office knows something that the fans don’t because it looks like they’re again handing more and more cash over to utter mediocrity. Its going to be a shame to have a roster full of Pagan/Cabrera level talent and no Lincecum or Cain down the line.

Hazmat13
3 years 7 months ago

Cabrera is not a fourth outfielder. I don’t know where the haters came up with that. He’d be a starter on almost every major league team. You don’t get 200+ hits as a fourth outfielder…

RBIBaseball
3 years 7 months ago

Career High .332 BABIP last year. While posting a career low walk rate and career high Strikeout rate. The Royals only gave him 700 PA because he was their best option.

Giorgi Almonte
3 years 7 months ago

thank you, at least you watch some games haha, not like others!

gmenfan
3 years 7 months ago

I think RBIs point was that the Giants are taking a pretty sizable leap of faith that Cabrera maintains something in the vicinity of his “career
year” production from 2011 and doesn’t return to his career averages.

2011: .305/.339/.470 w/ 18HR, 87 RBI, 20 SB, 121 OPS+
Average:.275/.331/.398 w/8 HR, 51 RBI, 10 SB, 93 OPS+

Agreed, his 2011 stats make him a starter on nearly any club in baseball but
his career averages are nothing to get excited about. Sadly, depending on what Belt bring to the table offensively, Cabrera is possibly the #1 outfielder on the Giants roster.

RBIBaseball
3 years 7 months ago

Thanks, yeah that’s what I was trying to get at.

Jason_F
3 years 7 months ago

I’m wondering how an arbitration case like Cabrera’s would’ve been handled.  He got $3.1MM from Atlanta in his second time through arbitration, then non-tendered and signed by the Royals as a free agent for $1.25MM.  I always thought the arbitration starting point was last year’s salary.  Am I wrong?  How is this situation usually approached?

RBIBaseball
3 years 7 months ago

Not sure, but I heard that he was due a projected salary of 4.4 million if he went to arbitration.

Jason_F
3 years 7 months ago

I think that amount was a safe assumption if you are using last year’s salary as a starting point.  However, the $6MM figure looks like the 2010 salary was used, perhaps because it was the last time he went through arbitration.  Do free agent salaries not count in the arb process?

tapehead4
3 years 7 months ago

Yankees Avoid Melky Cabrera

jfretless
3 years 7 months ago

You know what they say…  “Buy High, Sell Low.”

gmenfan
3 years 7 months ago

I think RBIs point was that the Giants are taking a pretty sizable leap of faith that Cabrera maintains something in the vicinity of his “career year” production from 2011 and doesn’t return to his career averages.

2011: .305/.339/.470 w/ 18HR, 87 RBI, 20 SB, 121 OPS+
Average:.275/.331/.398 w/8 HR, 51 RBI, 10 SB, 93 OPS+

Agreed, his 2011 stats make him a starter on nearly any club in baseball but his career averages are nothing to get excited about. Sadly, depending on what Belt bring to the table offensively, Cabrera is possible the #1 outfielder on the Giants roster.

leachim2
3 years 7 months ago

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.

ramjamrock
3 years 7 months ago

Only if it is prudent.