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Reds announce Cabrera signing
Posted by tgroeschen February 1st, 2010, 2:02 pm

From the Reds:

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty today announced the signing of free agent SS Orlando Cabrera to a 1-year contract through the 2010 season with a mutual option for 2011.

Jocketty and Cabrera will be available today at 3:00 p.m. in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park.

“Orlando is a very good player with experience in the post-season,” Jocketty said. “He makes us a better team both offensively and defensively and will be a veteran presence on a roster full of young players.”

Cabrera, 35, last season played for the Athletics and Twins and combined to hit .284 with 36 doubles, 9 HR and 77 RBI in 160 games. He led all Major League shortstops in RBI and ranked fourth among players at that position with 83 runs scored.

The native of Colombia finished the 2009 season with a 16-game hitting streak (.397) to help the Twins finish 12-4 and win the American League Central Division title.

In 1,732 career games for the Expos, Angels, White Sox, A’s and Twins, the 2-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner has a .275 career batting average. Last season, Cabrera produced at least 186 hits for the third straight year and for the fourth time in his career. Five times in his career he played at least 160 games in a season.

The playoff veteran has appeared in 34 post-season games covering 5 Division Series, 2 League Championship Series and, as the starting shortstop for the champion Red Sox, the 2004 World Series.

Earlier today, the Reds acquired from the Oakland Athletics IF Aaron Miles and a player to be named later in exchange for IF Adam Rosales and OF Willy Taveras.

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I'll be interested to see his defense but I can't imagine it's fallen so much as to negate his offensive numbers. For a Red to hit .284 is a big deal. Votto's the only Red with any ABs to speak of that achieved that last year. The only one. Cabrera becomes one of our top offensive threats and my guess is he'll be an upgrade over F Lopez and Keppinger defensively. My guess is he'll be at least as good as AGon was with us.