White Sox: Rick Renteria Surprised Melky Cabrera Hasn’t Been Traded

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 22: Melky Cabrera
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 22: Melky Cabrera /

White Sox manager expressed being surprised that veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera hasn’t been traded yet. Cabrera has been one of few consistent players for team.

The Chicago White Sox have made some solid trades in the past two weeks, but one player they haven’t traded is Melky Cabrera. The 32-year-old outfielder is having another solid season for the White Sox, and his manager Rick Renteria is surprised he hasn’t been traded yet.

According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, Renteria stated he was kind of surprised that Cabrera hadn’t been traded yet given that he has played well for the White Sox this season. Through 91 games, Cabrera is hitting .296/.340/.446 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. Despite strong numbers on offense, Cabrera isn’t the best defensive left fielder in MLB.

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Throughout his White Sox career, Cabrera has never had a DWAR better than -0.9. This season, Cabrera’s DWAR is -0.9. Cabrera has been successful with outfield assists this season as he has nine, but his arm has been one of his only strong attributes on defense.

With an expiring contract in 2017, Cabrera would basically be a rental for any team that would acquire him. Cabrera is owed $6.3 million of his $15 million salary this year according to Hayes. If the White Sox are looking to trade Cabrera, they will most likely have to eat most of his remaining salary for this season, and their return probably won’t be as high as their recent trades.

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If the White Sox hold onto Cabrera, they won’t lose much in keeping him for the rest of the season. Cabrera is still solid offensively, and the White Sox can still use a run producer for the remainder of 2017. However, if the White Sox are able to trade Cabrera for a modest return, they should waste no time in trading him. There’s nothing wrong with adding more depth for the future.