Some people thought Melky Cabrera could return to the Kansas City Royals in 2018 after he got off to such a good start following his midseason trade. That notion died out as quickly as the Royals’ playoff chances.
Regardless, Cabrera is too good of a player to be out of work next season. The switch-hitter has the ability to play both corner outfield spots, adding to his potential list of employers. Although the 33-year-old is unlikely to get more than a two-year deal, Cabrera has been plenty productive over his past few years.
Since 2014, he’s never failed to reach 170 hits, 70 runs, 73 RBI and 248 total bases. However, Cabrera’s slash line has fluctuated considerably. Over that span, his batting average has been between .301 and .273, his on-base percentage has been between .351 and .314 and his slugging percentage has been between .458 and .394. That inconsistency will impact his bottom line but not in a significant way.
Teams will always be in the market for versatile outfielders. The Kansas City Royals needed one after Jorge Soler failed to pan out, bringing back their 2011 outfielder. Likewise, one of Cabrera’s former teams could be in need of a new right fielder. With Toronto declining Jose Bautista‘s club option for 2018, the Blue Jays could use Cabrera. He played for the organization previously from 2013-14, giving him some familiarity with the club.
Cabrera already has a history of returning to his old stomping grounds. Why not another trip back to Canada for a year or two?
Logical spot: Toronto Blue Jays