MLB Trades: Why Orlando Cabrera Hurts, Not Helps, the San Francisco Giants

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MLB Trades: Why Orlando Cabrera Hurts, Not Helps, the San Francisco Giants
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With Ozzie Smith, Barry Larkin and Cal Ripken, Jr. apparently unavailable, the San Francisco Giants went after the next best thing Sunday, acquiring 36-year-old shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league prospect Thomas Neal.

Cabrera is the most recent in what is becoming a hilarious succession of aging shortstops who have held down the position in recent years for the Giants, including Omar Vizquel, Edgar Renteria, Juan Uribe and Miguel Tejada.

But is Orlando Cabrera the missing piece the Giants are searching for to help them get back to the postseason? Here are five reasons the answer may be no.

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