Cincinnati Reds and Orlando Cabrera Reach One-Year Deal

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIJanuary 31, 2010

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 30:  Orlando Cabrera #18 of the Minnesota Twins flies out in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers during the game on September 30, 2009 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Praise the Lord!

The Reds have finally found a shortstop who can bat and field as well.

After several years of using shortstops-by-committee, Walt Jocketty has brought in someone to make the infield as solid as anybody's in baseball.

Orlando Cabrera has signed a one-year deal with the Reds in the amount of $3 million. The contract calls for a $1 million buyout in 2011.

To me, this was the most significant move made by the Reds, including the Scott Rolen deal.

Cabrera is a good-hitting, slick-fielding run producer who should add a real punch to the top of the order. Not only can he do all the other things well, he can also steal 20-30 bases.

He had narrowed his choice to the Colorado Rockies and the Reds. Colorado was wanting to use him at second base, while the Reds offered him the position he was most accustomed to playing.

Reds fans should rejoice; we finally have something to really look forward to.

The Reds have struggled at the shortstop position since Barry Larkin retired after the 2004 season.