The Indians have signed free-agent OF Melky Cabrera to a minor league contract and he will report to the team’s spring training facility in Goodyear, AZ before making his first appearance with the Columbus Clippers in AAA.
The timing of this signing is key due to the fact that Indians outfielders not named Michael Brantley have been struggling to start the season.
As a group, Indians outfielders have hit .217 to start the season. Cabrera hit .285/.345/.423 with 17 home runs and 85 RBI as a member of the White Sox and Royals last season and is a career .286 hitter. It’s clear that the outfield needs an offensive boost to help this team and it doesn’t hurt that Cabrera is a switch hitter, further raising his value to an offense.
There is no guarantee that Cabrera will see playing time with the major league roster this season, but with Greg Allen still developing while Rajai Davis and Brandon Guyer are platooning in the outfield on one-year deals, it may serve the team a great deal to have Cabrera see some big league at-bats before the season is over.