Last winter the Reds signed Orlando Cabrera to a one-year deal in part because of his leadership abilities and playoff experience. The veteran earned $2.02MM in 2010 with a $4MM mutual option for 2011. If Cincinnati declines the option, the buyout will be for $1MM and if Cabrera declines, it will be for $500K.
While Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes that Cabrera delivered on the leadership, his offensive numbers slipped in 2010. The soon-to-be 36-year-old hit .263/.303/.354 in 123 games while playing above-average (5.3 UZR/150) defense. Meanwhile, Paul Janish improved his offensive production, posting a slash line of .260/.338/.385 in 82 games while also playing a solid shortstop (2.2 UZR/150) in a limited role. Janish also did a solid job of filling in for Cabrera when he was injured for critical games in August.
Will the Reds pick up their end of Cabrera's option?