31-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Everth Cabrera in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Everth Cabrera Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the White Sox in January of 2017.
Cabrera was released by the White Sox on Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
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Everth Cabrera: MLB Games Played By Position
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Everth Cabrera.
Cabrera entered the 2014 campaign as a genuine asset due to his basestealing expertise, accumulating a combined 81 swipes in 97 attempts during the previous two seasons. Furthermore, an improved batting eye produced a .283/.355/.381 line in 2013, drawing enough attention to earn his first All-Star bid. A 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic soon followed, though, and his career has been anything but steady in the meantime. Although he represented the sole bright spot among Padres hitters last April, when he slashed .289/.308/.377, a contact-averse lineup slowly but surely consumed the entire dugout, including Cabrera, who lingered about the Mendoza Line (.207 average) the rest of the season. Steals were thus difficult to come by, with two DL stints and a DUI citation for marijuana use restricting the shortstop to 18 successes in 26 attempts and no game action after Aug. 9. The brush with the law was seemingly the final straw for the Padres, who declined to tender Cabrera a contract in the offseason. Another opportunity should arise due to his noted talent on the basepaths, but it remains to be seen what role he’ll assume with a different organization.
Cabrera's season was juxtaposed by his first All-Star appearance and a 50-game ban for his association with the Biogenesis Clinic. His continued emergence as one of the game's top basestealers (37-for-49 on the basepaths) was supplemented by a favorable batting line (.283/.355/.381 in 381 at-bats) for the first time, raising logical questions as to whether he can uphold his new standard. The jump can be explained by striking out far less in 2013 (15.9 percent) than one year prior (24.5), which, if sustained, ensures his status as one of the preeminent shortstop options in fantasy, despite the lack of any presumed power (just nine long balls in 1,376 career at-bats).
Cabrera showed last season that he's got legs and he knows how to use them as he stole a career-high 44 bases and legged out 19 doubles. A .336 BABIP certainly helped his cause as he hit .246/.324/.324, which might not sound like much (and it's not), but we're talking about a guy who strikes out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats and barely makes contact 80 percent of the time. If you can stomach this sort of plate discipline (or lack thereof), the speed Cabrera offers is certainly worth the price, as he led the National League in stolen bases last season and did so in only 449 plate appearances. It is worth noting that 23 of Cabrera's 44 stolen bases came from batting leadoff in 28 games. If he were to hit leadoff most games, the sky is the limit as to how many bases he might steal and on the flip side, look to his 2010 stat line for what might come if he does not receive that opportunity.
Cabrera may have seen his opportunity pass when his follow-up to a solid 2009 debut was derailed by injuries. With Jason Bartlett under contract for 2012, odds are that Cabrera will stay in Triple-A again, though with little else to prove. He doesn't have any real pop in his bat, but he does have decent speed (72.5 percent success rate on stolen-base attempts) and has proven able to get on base at a decent clip - though his minor league OBP certainly outshines that of his in the majors. Unfortunately, though, he seems destined to remain a backup or, at best, a utility infielder in the near future.
The phrase "sophomore slump" pretty much defined Cabrera's 2010 season. Known for his speed and defense, hamstring issues robbed him of ability to steal bases, the main reason fantasy owners invested in him. His batting average tanked as a byproduct of striking out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats, while his walk rate tumbling to 7.9 percent also limited his opportunities to steal bases. In 2011, his glove will get him in the lineup, but he has to improve his plate discipline to be of any fantasy value. Assuming Cabrera can regain the form he showed in 2009, he could still be a cheap source of speed.
The Rule 5 speedster surprisingly was handed the starting shortstop job in June and started the team's last 97 games, tiring a bit in September (.217, five XBH, 5/5 SB/CS last five weeks). Before that, he showed enough patience to hit high in the lineup, but had issues making contact. He'll run when he's on base, but how often that will be is up in the air. There's a wide range for Cabrera, from .350 OBP, 100 runs and 45 steals to losing his job and halving those numbers. Lean toward the top end, as his glove will keep him in the lineup.