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Report: Melky Cabrera agrees with White Sox for 3-year deal

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Aug 26, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left field

Melky Cabrera

(53) hits a single against Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

What a way to start a Sunday or end a Saturday night depending your time zone, but it is being reported the Chicago White Sox have signed free agent Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal.

Is it OK to throw in a Hawk Harrelson …. YEEEEEEEEEESSS! right now?

Here is what Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670 The SCORE tweeted late this evening:

If the report is true and the price tag is in the $45 million range, is this a good deal for the White Sox?

Again, I’m giving a YES be

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cause the White Sox are in a win-now mode, and they aren’t leaving any stone unturned.

Cabrera in 2014 played in 139 games for the Toronto Blue Jays, so that tells us he’s very dependable. In those games, he batted .301 with 171 hits, including 16 home runs, 35 doubles and three triples.

With Cabrera potentially in the lineup, the Top 5 of the order could look like this:

1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. or 5. Adam LaRoche (DH)
4 or 5. Melky Cabrera (LF)

Not too shabby, my friends.

Cabrera, who will take over the LF spot currently held by Dayan Viciedo, he has a .458 slugging percentage and an .808 OPS.

He forced 43 walks and struck out just 67 times.

In the outfield last season, Cabrera played 133 games in left field. Cabrera had just two errors last season in 245 chances for a .992 fielding percentage.

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As for Viciedo, he had four errors in left field in 55 games (45 starts) at the position, with a .952 fielding percentage. At the plate, Viciedo (who is nicknamed Tank) batted .231 in 145 games, which for the White Sox seems unacceptable headed into next season.

Viciedo also had a .281 on-base percentage last year and a .405 OPS.

Check back with Southside Showdown when more becomes available on this reported deal.

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