Mark Sheldon is reporting that the Reds have signed 35-year-old shortstop Orlando to a $3M contract for 2010, that includes a $3M option for 2011 and a $1M buyout. It is not yet known if the 2011 player option is a club or a player option. This move will also require that somebody be removed from the 40 man roster. No word on this yet.
There is your opening day SS and two-hole hitter. Let’s hope that Cabrera’s -13.7 UZR/150 last season is not the first sign that he has lost a step at SS and that he can return to the league average OBP he put up in 2007-2008 rather that the poor .316 OBP he put up last season. This kind of feels like Alex Gonzalez part two, doesn’t it? Hopefully it is a club option and we will have less chance of getting stuck with him for a second year.
Does anyone think this may be the Reds opportunity to make a statement and dump Willy Taveras? I don’t think they will dump him at all, but if they do, I think it will be just before they break camp in Arizona.
Will Paul Janish make the opening day roster now? I think it will be awfully hard to keep the light hitting SS as one of the backup infielders and I expect that he will not make the opening day team. He will have a tough time beating out Rosales, Sutton, Frazier, Burke, and Cairo for one of the two backup IF spots.
UPDATE: (By Bill Lack) From today’s Enquirer by John Erardi:
On his contract:
Cabrera will officially make $2.02 million this season — $770,000 in base salary and $1.25 million in bonus Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but will make another $1 million as a buyout for 2011 if he wants to stay and the Reds donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want him. This is whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s known as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“$4 million mutual optionÃ¢â‚¬Â for 2011. If he declines the option to stay here in 2011, his buyout is $550,000.
So, maximum it’s a $3.02M deal, minimum it’s a $2.57M deal.
- Much as the Reds love JanishÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s glove Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and intend to get him as much playing time as they possibly can Ã¢â‚¬â€œ they believe CabreraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offense will offset the defensive dropoff with Janish not being at shortstop full time. But the statistical analysts say that if CabreraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense wnds up dropping from last year, his addition to the Reds is at at best a wash.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The description applied to Cabrera, Ã¢â‚¬â„¢can hit a little,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ is the key,” said Greg Gajus, a statistical analyst. “Cabrera isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really a league average hitter; never has been. He has a low walk rate, and not much power. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the type of hitter than has to hit .300 to help much. If he hits .260, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a disaster.
“There arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t many good-fielding 35-year-old shortstops,” he added. “That projected (dropoff) in defense wipes out most of the substantial difference in offense. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d call him a small upgrade at best.”
So, a small upgrade for $2.5M – $3M…therein lies my problem with this signing.
From the MercuryNews.com site:
- If they can’t work a trade for Taveras and he goes unclaimed on waivers, the A’s likely will release him and eat the majority of his $4 million salary for 2010. They saved $1.7 million by trading Miles.
I thought Miles was making less than Taveras? How do they save $1.7M?