Should the White Sox look at Melky Cabrera this offseason?
Aug 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) watches his ground-rule double in the fifth inning that drove in a run during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
If you were Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, and know you need a left fielder who can bring some consistency to the position and to the plate, would you stick with what you currently have, or take a gander in the free agent market?
The current outfielder who just doesn’t bring consistency is Dayan Viciedo, because we honestly don’t know what “Tank” will bring to the field or plate each game.
Aug 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) cannot catch ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds (not pictured) that fell for a double in the fourth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
So with that said, one free agent the White Sox might want to take a peek at is Melky Cabrera.
This is just to start discussion about whether the White Sox should make an improvement over Viciedo if possible, so today we’ll take a look at Cabrera and compare the two.
Cabrera has played the past two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he batted .301 this season in 139 games with 35 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs. Cabrera also walked 43 times, and all of that added up to 81 runs and 73 RBIs.
Compare that to Viciedo, who batted .281 this season in 145 games with 22 doubles, three triples and 21 home runs.
So in just extra base hits, Tank had more home runs (21-16), but Cabrera had more doubles (35-22). Each player had three triples, and in the RBIs, Viciedo totaled 58, trailing Cabrera by 15 in that category.
One frustration with Viciedo is strikeouts, as he has 121 in ’14, while Cabrera had 67, and I find that a very intriguing factor in possibly obtaining Cabrera.
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Yes, Cabrera was suspended for 50 games due to a PED violation (testosterone) in 2012, but he served his time, and since then, he’s been able to stay on the field.
Another big difference in the two is their respective WAR (wins above replacement) stats. Cabrera’s is 3.1, while Viciedo is -0.9. Their fielding percentages are a little different as well, as Cabrera has a .992 fielding percentage in the outfield (two errors), while Viciedo was at .965, with eight errors.
I’m still on the fence if the White Sox should invest in the 30-year old Cabrera, or if they are even interested in him. I think there would be some interest, because he could be the bat that could help protect Abreu in the line and be the missing offensive piece the White Sox are looking for.
We would love to know your opinion on Cabrera and if you think the White Sox should take some interest in the 30-year old outfielder this offseason.