Orlando Cabrera Paying Dividends

By: Dave DeNatale

For some reason, I’ve always loved when Kenny Roda has referred to certain Indians players as “Dolan’s Discounts.”  It’s a way to make light of a tough reality: The Tribe is usually unable or unwilling to put down the cash to sign top-flight free agent talent.

So over the last decade, the Indians have become experts at signing veteran free agents at bargain basement prices.

Sometimes, Dolan’s Discounts work out.  Examples being Kevin Millwood, Carl Pavano, Bob Howry, and Trot Nixon.

But then again, sometimes they don’t.  See David Dellucci, Kerry Wood, Scott Stewart, Jose Jimenez, Jason Johnson, and on and on.

Indians Second Baseman Orlando Cabrera

This year, it sure seems like the signing of Orlando Cabrera is a stroke of genius for Tribe G.M. Chris Antonetti.  Cabrera has helped solidify the middle of the Indians infield while getting 12 hits in his first 32 at-bats.  He’s a playoff-tested, savvy veteran in a clubhouse that is filled with young talent.

Orlando has played 37 postseason games in his career, including being part of the Red Sox ’04 world championship team so he understands the ebb and flow that goes with a long season.

I loved reading his quote after the Tribe finished off a sweep of the Mariners on Sunday.  “It’s still early.  It’s too early to judge anybody in a good way or a bad way. Let’s see where that kind of game is going to take us. We can never anticipate what is going to happen in the future, but if we keep playing the way we’re playing right now, we can do a great job.”

Orlando Cabrera has also taken his double-play partner Asdrubal Cabrera under his wing.  Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer wrote on Monday that Orlando has encouraged Asdrubal to develop his power game at the plate more. “To me,” Orlando told Hoynes, “he (Asdrubal) could have 45 doubles, 15 homers and 80 RBI. That’s the type of player he is. He has exceptional power from both sides of the plate.”

So far, Asdrubal has been listening.  He’s hit four homers already this season and just won the American League’s Co-Player of the Week.  Coincidence?  You decide.

I just hope that at the end of July, we’re not reading about another Tribe veteran that gets traded away.

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1 Comment

  1. Trot Nixon a success. Agree with the others though and am glad Orlando is taking to 2B like Tony Fernandez and not Shawon Dunston.


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