Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cabrera

Everth Cabrera looked like he had the yips in the summer of 2010 when the Padres, trying to hold onto first place, traded for Miguel Tejada and made him their regular shortstop over Cabrera. Even though Tejada was near the end of his career, he provided better defense and offense than what Cabrera was supplying.

Cabrera, now 25, regained the shortstop job today when the Padres put Jason Bartlett on the disabled list. The move may have more to do with Bartlett's poor performance than anything else. For what it's worth, scouting director Randy Smith told me he "liked what Cabrera was doing" in Triple-A. Smith said Cabrera learned a needed lesson or two, such as to shed weight that was slowing him, and to ignore overly positive "press clippings," in either the mainstream here or in Nicaragua.

"He got out of what he does well," said the farm director. "I told him he needs to get back to hitting line drives, stealing bases. He can do a lot of good things."

A Rule 5 selection from the Rockies in 2008, Cabrera has appeared in 181 games with the Padres, batting .236. As part of today's shuffling, Orlando Hudson was released and second baseman Alexi Amarista promoted from Triple-A. I might write more about Hudson, to whom the Padres guaranteed $11.5 million two offseasons ago. Readers of this blog may recall that on April 14, a scout said the time was well past due for the Padres to replace their middle infielders.

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