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Daniel Cabrera Back in a Uniform

When Daniel Cabrera couldn't stick with the current crop of Nationals, that seemed to spell the end. Well, it didn't. Evidently, size and other demonstrable statistics (velocity, etc.) will always earn a pitcher a new job, even when he's flopped from two bottom feeders, proven yet again when Cabrera signed a minor league deal Monday night with the Diamondbacks.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Cabrera earned a minor league deal with an eye on a major league roster spot before the end of the season. The deal was completed after Arizona scouted Cabrera, who reportedly threw 94-95 in front of an Arizona representative this weekend.

It's a low-risk deal for the Diamondbacks, who may be looking to have Cabrera eat major league innings in a season in which the team's postseason hopes are already sunk. Cabrera's 5.09 ERA won't earn him a lot of leeway for future rotation consideration in the desert, but it might be enough to earn him a look at the No. 5 starter's spot. That would help Arizona save innings from Yusmiero Petit, a struggling young arm the Diamondbacks would rather put back in the minors than take lumps in the big leagues.

Cabrera is entering the audition with the understanding that he'll find his way to the major league roster. His agent, Mike Powers, declined to say whether the contract had an out-clause that would allow the Diamondbacks to avoid a sizable portion of Cabrera's salary if he wasn't promoted, but it seems likely that both sides would re-visit that possibility if the lanky righty didn't earn a relatively swift promotion.

So, having seen him struggle in Baltimore and Washington, is there any reason for optimism about Cabrera in Arizona? What do people think? Or will his stint in AAA with the Diamondbacks' AAA affiliate in Reno be the end of Cabrera's line? What do people think?

By Cameron Smith  |  August 4, 2009; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  Diamondbacks  | Tags: Daniel Cabrera, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles  
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Nope - he is terrible - in fact, it is an excruciating experience to see him pitch.

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Everyone already knew that Cabrera had great 'stuff'. The problem was getting this 'stuff' over the plate. Whether it was inability or unwillingness to do so is the key question. If its inability, he's done. If its unwillingness, maybe that can be changed by a very, very patient coach.

Posted by: mattyjamesgallagher | August 4, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Reposting a comment from NatsJournal:

I saw Cabrera pitch for the Nats in Miami in April.

His second or third pitch was a 58-foot fastball that skipped in the dirt and nailed the ump in the bare hand, leading to a 5-minute injury delay.

Good times.

Have fun, D-Backs' fans!

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | August 4, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Juuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside!

Posted by: tmodelford | August 4, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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