Re: ORG: Reds in on Melky Cabrera
Originally Posted by mlbfan30
Melky isn't a leadoff type hitter. He's more like a #7. He's not horrible at getting on base, but not great. You would expect a .340-.350 OBP at best. He's not a fast guy. He has 25 SB with 10 CS in 286 games. That's just an average at best type of runner. His defense isn't great. He does have a great arm, but his range is poor and he takes bad routes to the ball. He has very little power and is basically a singles hitter with a few doubles.
Melky is just an avg to below avg CF right now. He doesn't have the tools to excel at anything (except throwing) and it's not likely he'll make an dramatic improvement in his game. He's good enough to be a starter, but just as a role player.
I follow the Yanks also and have been watching him for 2 years. He just isn't going to add anything to the team, but he isn't going to take anything away. He's so valuable because he has 4 cheap years left, at league avg CF. That's worth about 8 Mil per year on the FA market.
Last year he was 28 runs better than the replacement CF- pretty good!
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."