It’s hard to believe that Melky Cabrera is only 34 years old. He’s been on a Major League roster since 2005, has an All-Star MVP award, and won a World Series in 2009. He featured as a regular in the Majors until last year when he signed with the Cleveland Indians, and played a reserve role for a team that expected to go on a deep run in the playoffs.
Cabrera slashed .280/.335/.420 in 78 games with the Indians. He bashed six homers and stole one base in two attempts.
Cabrera will likely sign a Minor League deal somewhere, but he could look for a deal that offers a clearer path to a Major League role. Waiting for Braun to need time on the disabled list might not be what Cabrera is looking for. He could also look to sign with a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers or reunite with the New York Yankees in an effort to add another championship to his resume.
Cabrera would supply quality production at a corner outfield spot if the Brewers lost an outfielder for an extended period of time, but he’s the biggest long shot to make our list. There have been rumors of a reunion with the Indians, and that’s the most likely scenario at this point for Cabrera.