Sunday, December 21, 2008
MLB NEWS: NL EAST RIVAL NATIONALS SIGN FREE AGENT PITCHER DANIEL CABRERA
NEWS: mlbtraderumors.com is reporting on its website that the Mets' NL East rivals, the Washington Nationals, have signed free agent right-handed starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera to a one-year, $2.6 million deal.
Mets General Manager Omar Minaya was quoted in yesterday's New York Daily News that Cabrera was someone the Mets would "keep an eye on" in the Dominican Republic. Why the Mets would eye Cabrera as anything more than another rescue and reclamation project boggles the mind.
Last season Cabrera, 27, posted a 5.25 ERA to go with a subpar 8-10 won-loss record. Career-wise, Cabrera has a lifetime mark of 48-59 and a career ERA of 5.05.
But Cabrera has demonstrated mastery on the mound--at plunking opposing hitters, uncorking wild pitches and walking batters.
Last year, in fact, he led the American League with 18 hit batsmen and 15 wild pitches. In 2007, Cabrera led the A.L. in losses (18), earned runs allowed (126), home runs allowed (25) and walks (108). In 2006, Cabrera also dominated A.L. pitchers in wildness, finishing first in both walks (104) and wild pitches (16).
Indeed, Mets batters should have an eye on Cabrera when facing him--and eye on getting the hell out of the way of his wayward pitches.
Posted by Gil Griffin at 12:13 AM