The Next Yankees Superstar?
Cabrera leads the National League in batting average (.373), hits (78), triples (6), total bases (115) and runs (38). He has a .417 on-base percentage and is slugging .550.
Since the beginning of 2011, Cabrera has the most hits (278) of any player in either league.
Sherman questions whether Cabrera has arrived as a star or if he is simply playing over his head.
“He has turned into one of the better hitters in the league. We haven’t figured out how to get him out this year going back to spring training.”
The Yankees don’t have the reputation of stinting when it comes to signing players, but Cashman could have signed Cabrera to a contract before he signed with the Kansas City Royals. Cashman refused to guarantee the minor league offer.
The Royals signed Cabrera for $1.25 million for the 2011 season. He rewarded the Royals by batting .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs and 87 RBIs.
The Yankees, at least one of the Yankees, helped Cabrera during the winter after he signed with the Royals.
Alex Rodriguez took Cabrera under his wing and they started working out together, Cabrera lost weight and he took his career more seriously. A-Rod and Cabrera continue to train together when possible.
Sherman states that scouts never questioned Cabrera’s talent. They say his attitude and exercise regimen with A-Rod is what turned him around.
If Randy Levine allows the money to be spent, the Yankees might have Cabrera on the team a second time. It might turn out better than having Javier Vazquez on the team a second time.
We hope you're listening, Mr. Cashman.