Originally Posted by Superdude
Both the '08 and the '09 version of Cabrera put up a .705 OPS? Did his defense get worse or something?
In 2008, Cabrera posted a .705 OPS but made up for it with a +14.0 UZR in the field, making him worth +3.5 wins. As you pointed out, Cabrera posted the same exact OPS in 2009 as he did in 2008, however, his defense took a major step backwards as he posted a -15.3 UZR, giving him just a +0.6 WAR. FWIW, Janish was worth 1.1 wins in 2009 thanks to his +11.7 UZR in 592.1 innings at shortstop.
If Cabrera can rebound defensively in 2010 while maintaining an OPS around .700, he'll be a solid signing. If he repeats his 2009 season then he'll be a downgrade. Expecting him to rebound to being a +12 to +15 defender again is unrealistic, but if he can get back in the +5 range he would be a nice addition.