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The Indians won't miss Orlando Cabrera.
If any other player had this stat line, we'd be happy to see him go:
.244/.277/.321 slash line, .598 OPS (69 OPS+), 40:13 SO:BB, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB, -0.1 WAR
Yet, because of the "legend" of Orlando Cabrera, he can do no wrong. Teams that employ Cabrera always make the playoffs. It's a proven fact!
At some point, however, don't we have to ask why Cabrera is about to play for his seventh team since 2007? Considering how he took being told he wasn't an everyday starter by the Cleveland Indians (pouting, lashing out in the media), maybe he's not the magnificent clubhouse glue guy he's made out to be. Maybe he's just another veteran who doesn't understand when his time has come.
Honestly, it seems that teams with Orlando Cabrera make the playoffs despite him as opposed to because of him. As such, he'll join a team already good enough to make the playoffs in San Francisco, play in October again and make his "legend" that much larger. Good riddance.
In getting Thomas Neal back, the Indians get someone having a down year, but with potential. His minor league stats averaged to 162 games look impressive, but his 2011 has been fairly ugly:
162-Game Average: .296/.372/.467 slash line, .839 OPS, 122:57 SO:BB, 17 HR, 89 RBI, 8 SB
2011 AAA Stats: .295/.351/.409 slash line, .761 OPS, 50:13 SO:BB, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 7 SB
Neal has seen his home run totals drop from 22 to 12 to 2 as he's moved up from A+ to AA to AAA ball the past three years. Though he's fallen off of late, he's still much more than I expected (rated the 96th best prospect in baseball pre-2010) to get for Orlando Cabrera.
Since we're probably better off without Cabrera, that's a win for the Tribe.