Orlando Cabrera was signed to a one-year contract in the offseason for the sole purpose of being a roadblock for top prospect Jason Kipnis.
Cabrera was also brought in to bring his great leadership as a veteran who has a knack for reaching the playoffs year in and year out.
Cabrera was not brought in for his offense, which is evident by his performance thus far in 2011.
A .260/.289/.351 is not a slash line that a batter who has been hitting in the second spot in the order lately should hold. Cabrera's BA and 34 RBI are inflated by his hot April, and even then they are just about average numbers.
But we can credit this Cabrera for helping another Cabrera. It was Orlando who helped Asdrubal have faith that he could hit for more power, and it has turned ACab into an MVP candidate. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Orlando cannot find power himself in his aging bat.
Since his offensive woes are killing the lineup and his defense has been less than stellar, Cabrera is only still on the roster for his leadership. For that reason alone, we will see him in Cleveland through the rest of the season in order to help push the young Indian roster towards a playoff run.
Full season projected stats: .246/.280/.345 6 HR 52 RBI 7 SB
Halfway point grade: C