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Deal With Cabrera Is Official

Well, it's official now. Washington today finalized a one-year, $2.6 million deal with pitcher Daniel Cabrera, who passed a physical after receiving MRI tests on his right shoulder and elbow. The two sides had reached a preliminary agreement on the deal more than a week ago.

Cabrera, 27, spent the first five years of his career with the Orioles, where he went 48-59 with a 5.05 ERA. Eligible for arbitration and a hefty pay-raise at season's end, Cabrera was non-tendered by Baltimore earlier this month.

Agent Mike Powers said that Cabrera's interest in the Nationals was due in large part to their pitching coach, Randy St. Claire, known for the ability to wring talent from his staff. During his tenure in Baltimore, Cabrera's potential was often offset by inconsistency and wildness.

During the last three years, no pitcher in baseball has walked more hitters.

Yet still, he has shown a level of durability, starting at least 26 games in each of his big league seasons.

By Chico Harlan  |  December 29, 2008; 4:15 PM ET
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Here's hoping.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I just took a look at Cabrera's minor league stats. He averaged 9.4 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 and had a 1.37 WHIP. The one thing I didn't realize is that he did that in just 281 minor league innings - including just 61 above Class A.

It's one thing to take a college pitcher who has been playing organized baseball his whole life and put him in the big leagues after 281 IPs or less. However, not only did Cabrera grow up in the DR where there is almost no organized amateur baseball, by all reports he didn't even really play at all until he was much older.
It's still a long shot, but man, this guy's been swimming upstream.

Posted by: db423 | December 29, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Color me skeptical - while his GO/FO ratio (1.40) wasn't bad, his pitch-per-inning (16.78) was high, and his WHIP & W/K (1.61, 0.84) were horrid.

Posted by: BinM | December 29, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

the ONLY good thing about this signing is that it's only one year.

please visit link below if you want to see how bad Daniel Cabrera really is.

he's bad and getting worse.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | December 29, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, I sure hope no one gave up on you naysayers when you were 27 years old.

Great signing. Mark my words. We'll be happy about this.

Posted by: dand187 | December 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

This seems like the second coming of Phil Ortega. A righthanded pitcher with loads of potential but without the results, Ortega came to the Senators from Los Angeles in the Frank Howard deal and was touted as one of the "keys" to the trade. He was 12-15, 12-12, 10-10 and 5-12 with the Senators before fading to obscurity.

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 29, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see that we have gone back to dumpster diving after our pursuit of Tex. As far as reclamation projects go this one isn't horrible. Yeah, he's probably going to stink, but at least he has a sort of live arm and could possibly get better.

In addition, it's 1 year and cheap, and he's durable enough to take the hill every 5 days, which is a skill.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | December 29, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

@wyrm1: if you take the hill every five days and suck, you're a detrement to your team.

@dand187: "great signing"? are you high? Cabrera is what he is: lousy and getting worse.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | December 29, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

@leetee1955: 12-15? 12-12? 10-12? I can only hope that he's the second coming of Phil Ortega for a year...based on last season that would make him our winningest pitcher! Him replacing anyone but Redding or Lannan is an extra 5-10 wins!

Posted by: HenryStin | December 30, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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