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Cabrera aterriza en Baltimore

Managua. Radio La Primerísima. | 18 de Febrero de 2015 a las 04:56
Cabrera aterriza en Baltimore

El The Baltimore Sun confirmó este miércoles la contratación del campo corto nicaragüense Everth Cabrera, por un año y 2.4 millones de dólares por el equipo de los Orioles.

Señala que el pinolero incluso ya tomó los exámenes físicos y solo espera los resultados para que el contrato entre en vigencia.

De acuerdo con el reporte, con Cabrera en sus filas Baltimore vuelve a tener un legítimo primer bate, un hombre del que carecía desde la partida del jardinero Nick Markakis, temprano en la pausa entre temporadas.

“Cabrera, el nacido en Nicaragua, encaja en el molde de una firma de temporada baja del vicepresidente ejecutivo de operaciones de beisbol de los Orioles, Dan Duquette. Él viene de una temporada difícil y no había conseguido firmas durante la temporada baja. Duquette a menudo hace hincapié en que él tiene un enfoque anual para la reconstrucción de los Orioles, y Cabrera representa a un jugador al alza con un trato relativamente de bajo riesgo”, asegura el cronista Eduardo Encima.

La noticia ha sido replicada por otros importantes medios de comunicación estadounidenses como el Union Tribune de San Diego, NBC y CBS.

Esto publica The Balmore Sun

The Orioles are finalizing a one-year deal with free-agent infielder and former All-Star Everth Cabrera, according to an industry source.

Cabrera has taken a physical and the results are pending, according to the source. The deal is believed to in the range of $2.4 million, equaling his salary of last season. 

Cabrera, 28, was nontendered by the San Diego Padres this offseason after hitting just .232/.272/.300 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 90 games in 2014. He stole 18 bases in 26 attempts.

He gives the Orioles a legitimate leadoff option that they’ve been missing since the departure of outfielder Nick Markakis this offseason. Cabrera has combined to steal 99 bases in the past three seasons, despite averaging just 100 games per year in that span. Cabrera has made 228 of his 452 major league starts (50.4 percent) from the leadoff spot, tallying a .247/.315/.316 batting line from atop the order.

Cabrera led the National League with 44 stolen bases (on 48 attempts) in 115 games in 2012. He led the NL with 37 steals in 49 attempts in 2013 in 95 games before his season was cut short when he was forced to serve a 50-game suspension for involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal.

Cabrera went on the disabled list twice last season, missing a total of 69 games with left hamstring injuries.

A switch hitter, Cabrera has a .261/.327/.353 batting line against left-handed pitching and a .243/.316/.325 against right-handers.

The Nicaragua-born Cabrera fits the mold of a late offseason signing by Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. He’s coming off a tough season and has gone unsigned throughout the offseason. Duquette often stresses that he takes a year-round approach to building the Orioles, and Cabrera represents a high-upside player with a relatively low-risk deal.

Cabrera has had his share of off-field issues. Besides being one of 11 players who served 50-game suspensions through connection with Biogenesis, he has a pending misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest stemming from a Sept. 3 incident.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Cabrera that day on suspicion of driving under the influence for marijuana, according to the (San Diego) Union-Tribune. He was later charged with resisting arrest, a charge that could lead to up to one year in jail if convicted. He was also cited for possession of marijuana, which carried a fine of up to $100. He was not charged with DUI.

Cabrera pleaded not guilty to the charge. A trial is set for April 13.

The Orioles have had great success with other players who have come to the club with histories of off-field issues. Both Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young came to the Orioles with off-field issues, but flourished within the team's clubhouse dynamic.


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