33-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Cabrera pops up under "boring" in the dictionary, but he's still getting it done for fantasy owners. For the fourth straight season, Cabrera batted over .273, hit 12-plus homers and reached the 70-run...
Melky Cabrera Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $43.5 million contract with the White Sox in December of 2014.
Cabrera is out of Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Melky Cabrera: MLB Games Played By Position
Melky Cabrera Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Melky Cabrera Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Melky Cabrera As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Melky Cabrera
2018 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
2018 projections compared to top 100 outfielders in 2016 (min 325 PA)
Melky Cabrera: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Melk Man delivered another quality season where he did a little bit of everything, but nothing truly outstanding. The .296 average was a nice jump from 2015 and he drove in 86 runs, made possible by hitting in the middle of the lineup all season. Last year, the power came from the left side (11 of 14 homers) and the better average came from the right (.322 vs .289), but historically the left side has been the better of the two for both. At this stage of his career, Cabrera is very stable in his skills but is a very boring veteran. The speed is gone, but he can contribute in the other three counting categories and hit for a solid average. There is safety in boredom, and Cabrera should be there late in the draft as a fallback option.
Cabrera was one of several big splashes of Chicago's 2014 offseason, and he was also one of several misses. By fWAR, he was one of the worst batters in the American League. Despite moving to one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league, his slugging percentage dipped below .400 and his .121 ISO was his lowest mark since 2010. A slow start tarnished his overall season line. He was hitting .241 with one home run on the last day of May, but had a slightly more respectable .779 OPS over the remainder of the season. His defense in left was atrocious, and he could benefit from a move to DH. Down season aside, Cabrera is guaranteed an everyday lineup spot for the White Sox, likely near the heart of the order.
Persistent leg trouble caused by a benign tumor completely derailed Cabrera in 2013, but he rebounded in a big way last season before a fractured pinky ended his season in early September. Other than the drop in stolen bases (six), Cabrera's numbers resembled his 2011 and 2012 work with the Royals and Giants, as he carried a .157 ISO, hit above .300 and was a steady source of runs scored and RBI as part of a strong Blue Jays lineup. His defense continues to grade out poorly, but getting away from the turf at Rogers Centre should help his legs at this stage of his career. In terms of park effects, Cabrera's 2014 numbers were nearly even at home (.807 OPS) and on the road (.810 OPS), and his slugging percentage was actually lower last season than it was in more pitcher-friendly environments earlier in his career. After signing with the White Sox in December, Cabrera projects as the team's new everyday left fielder and potential No. 2 hitter.
Leg injuries were the theme of Cabrera's 2013 campaign, and he was limited to just 372 plate appearances in his first season with the Blue Jays. After serving a PED suspension in 2012 and battling injuries in 2013, Cabrera heads into 2014 with quite a bit of uncertainty after posting a disappointing .279/.323/.360 line a seaon ago. A return to his 2011-12 form is possible, if unlikely, but a healthy Cabrera should at least provide the Jays with a serviceable starting left fielder. Given that his monster 2012 season was fueled by a .379 BABIP, his 2011 campaign -- .305/.339/.479 with 18 home runs and 20 stolen bases -- is probably the better proxy for his ceiling. Even that may be stretching it, as the 18 home runs he hit in 2011 were easily a career high. Health-wise, Cabrera is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Cabrera had quite a tumultuous 2012 season starting out as the Giants' offensive catalyst, winning the All-Star Game MVP, becoming an early-season NL MVP candidate before getting suspended for 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. After hitting .346/.390/.516 with 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games, it is unclear what numbers were influenced by PEDs. However, his .379 BABIP is unlikely to be duplicated as his 52.2 percent groundball rate represented a career high. With Cabrera's move to Toronto, he could post a career-best home-run rate if he can improve upon his 26.6 percent flyball rate.
2011 was a banner year for the "Milk Man" as he posted career bests in batting average, slugging percentage, walk rate, home runs, RBI, steals, runs and, not surprisingly, plate appearances. It should be noted that the center fielder's numbers were somewhat fueled by a .332 BABIP, which was also a career high. Still, Cabrera proved to be a valuable asset to the Royals as he was traded in the offseason to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez. In San Francisco, his power numbers likely will dip, something owners will want to keep in mind on draft day. As for his speed, it's not likely that the 2012 Giants run as often as the 2011 Royals did, so don't bank on him automatically producing another 20-steal season.
Cabrera's bounce-back 2009 season made him appear to be a potential fantasy impact player as he registered double digits home runs and stolen bases. However, he struggled last season and never maintained a starting role after he was traded to the Braves. He doesn't have great plate discipline and his power declined sharply as he hit just four home runs. He'll compete for the starting center-field job after signing with Kansas City, but may be better suited for a reserve role since he can play all three outfield positions.
Despite losing his center-field spot to Brett Gardner in the spring last year, Cabrera eventually regained the role and improved his offensive numbers from 2008: .274/.336/.416. Even with the improvement, however, he was often the weakest link in the Yankees' lineup, which led to his trade to the Braves for Javier Vazquez. He has a better chance of keeping an everyday job in the Atlanta outfield with weaker competition, but he could move to a reserve role once Jason Heyward is ready for the majors or fall into a platoon role with Matt Diaz. Still, with regular playing time he could help fantasy teams with double digits in home runs and stolen bases.
Despite opening the season as the Yankees' starting center fielder, Cabrera played his way out of that role by the end of August and was actually sent down to Triple-A because of his season-long offensive struggles -- .249/.301/.341, 414 at-bats. Johnny Damon and Brett Gardner became viable options to play center during Cabrera's demotion and at press time, both were still in the mix for playing time heading into spring training. At 24, he's still young enough to develop some plate discipline and additional power, but a change of scenery may be the only chance he has of becoming a more productive everyday player.
Johnny Damon battled nagging injuries for most of the season, which opened the door for Cabrera to impress with his glove and essentially take away the starting job in center field by season's end. As he matures, Cabrera will need to take more walks to improve his mediocre on-base percentage, but he appears to be a viable power and speed threat on the rise, especially when you consider the level of talent that will support him in the lineup. He's got the tools to be a 20-20 guy and there will be plenty of runs driven in and scored so long as he's playing everyday. Damon and Jason Giambi have contracts too big to platoon at DH, but the reality is that Cabrera is a much better defensive center fielder than Damon and he should be able to hold on to the starting job.
Injuries to Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield opened the door for Cabrera, who didn't disappoint during his first season in New York. Cabrera seized the rare opportunity to play as a young Yankee prospect, showing good plate discipline (59 strikeouts in 460 at bats) and good speed on the basepaths (12 steals) while drawing a walk in every 10 plate appearances. He's penciled in as the Yanks' fourth outfielder heading into the season, so barring a trade or collapse this spring, Cabrera has put Bernie Williams out of work.
The Yankees turned to the 20-year-old Cabrera in a desperate midseason hunt for a centerfielder, and the results were disappointing. After going 3-for-7 in his first two games, Cabrera was 1-for-12 in his last four and continued to struggle after heading back to the minors. While Cabrera is still very young and could continue to develop, he doesn't have much power or speed. It will likely be at least two years before he's ready to contribute at the major league level and there are far better prospects out there.
Cabrera is a slap-hitting outfielder without great speed or power. He may gain some of the latter as he moves up the ladder, but it's tough to see him finding much of a foothold in the majors before 2007, and probably not with the Yankees.