Jan
14

Melky avoid arbitration with the Braves

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Via Enrique Rojas, one-time great Yankee Melky Cabrera avoided arbitration with the Braves, signing a one-year deal worth … wait for it … $3.1M! Good for the Melkman. I’ve always said Melky was a great guy to have around when he was making six-figures, but now that he’s making several million through arbitration, eh, the investment is a little tough to swallow. Given the free agent market, it’s pretty easy to think the money could be better spent elsewhere.

But again, congrats to Leche, I’m happy for him.

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  1. jsbrendog officially approves signing Fernando Tatis says:

    so the 7 mill the yankees said they had plus the 3 mil melky makes = the 10 mill for javy. so then that makes sense

  2. barry says:

    You know, maybe not by Yankee fan standards, but in general, Melky is a valuable and underrated ML starter. He has a league average bat with great defense, plus now that he’s in the NL, I would expect what? A slightly higher batting average and on-base percentage? Fangraphs says he was worth 7.3 mil last year, Chone says 15.1 mil for next year, I’m guessing 10 Mil and like 2.5 WAR.

  3. that’ll buy a lot of hotel peanuts and hotel wine for his dates w/ porn stars. to be sure.

  4. 3.1M doesn’t sound like “in the mix for a starting spot with Blanco, Hinske, and Schafer in a 4-way spring training battle”.

    3.1M sounds like “presumptive starter and a virtual lock to be the Opening Day leftfielder so that he can justify his salary”.

  5. Doug says:

    from $1.4M to $3.1M….nice increase for a 4th OF

  6. Will says:

    Good for Melky…$3.1mn is a long way from his 2007 demotion back to AAA.

  7. larryf says:

    That should provide a nice incentive for Brett and his financial future….

  8. Reggie C. says:

    Melky isn’t going to cure the Braves’ lack of power, but if he can OPS .800 it’ll go a long way towards setting himself up for a multi-year deal. Melky has got to lock in on hitting line drives while playing in spacious ATL. Looking at his ISO, does anyone not think its possible?

    Just keep him out the Emperor’s Club and Melk should fine ATL a good fit as an average regular.

  9. Whats Melkys Arbitration Level?

    Its over 9000!!!

  10. Link says:

    Melky will be a Yankee again before his career is over.

  11. vin says:

    “I’ve always said Melky was a great guy to have around when he was making six-figures, but now that he’s making several million through arbitration, eh, the investment is a little tough to swallow.”

    This pretty much sums the situation up perfectly. The marginal upgrade Melky provides over a guy like Gardner isn’t worth the extra 2.5 million or so. Doesn’t mean he’s not a useful player, but that’s a lot for a team like the Braves to pay a bench player.

  12. Brian says:

    Now that he’s making some serious coin, what’s the over/under on his weight gain? He’s got the potential to pack on some serious pounds. I’m going over/under 25 pounds. Wait until we start hearing that he shows up to camp out of shape.

  13. Riddering says:

    That’s a sizable chunk of change to give unto Melky. I hope he does well with the Braves this year, for his sake and the team’s.

  14. OZ says:

    Getting Bobby Abreu away from Melky and Cano is the best thing that ever happened to those two…work ethic and upside. I still think Melky will turn out to be a ~300 hitter playing slightly above avg defense.
    My favorite moment from 2009? Melky ending Smoltz’s stint w/ the Redsux. That high and tight fastball he hit out was ridiculous.

    • Tom Zig says:

      Getting Bobby Abreu away from Melky and Cano is the best thing that ever happened to those two…work ethic and upside

      Well I don’t know about that.

      • OZ says:

        Abreu approach (not giving a sh*t) works for some…not Melky and Cano. They both got fat and lazy. But then again, Torre could be blamed for that. Abreu is a great player and his approach works for him. But I don’t think he is the best role model for young players. I prefer A-Rod mentoring them which is what happened this past season and both drastically improved. Steroids and Kate Hudson aside, A-rod promoted hard work, smart baseball, and hustle.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Wait, I though Abreu was the reason the Angels’ hitters got their heads out of their asses and started working the count?

    • Getting Bobby Abreu away from Melky and Cano is the best thing that ever happened to those two…work ethic and upside.

      I wonder why nobody ever says things like “Getting Sidney Ponson away from Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes is the best thing that ever happened to those two… work ethic and upside.”

      Hmmmm… I wonder why.

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    • pete says:

      …what? beyond all of the unfounded assertions of Cano and Melky and Abreu actually BEING lazy, could you be any more random? what could possibly suggest that it was Bobby Abreu of all people who made the other two lazy?

      • OZ says:

        Is it Bobby’s fault the youngsters struggled? Maybe not. But I do think having a veteran who doesn’t push himself physically, doesn’t give up his body going to the wall, and never displays a sense of urgency as a role model for 2 young players isn’t a recipe for success.
        Do you think there is any reason Bobby keeps putting up all star #s and no team has ever been in a huge hurry to lock him up? Philly couldn’t wait to get rid of him. No one likes a glider, especially when the young talent is being exposed to those habits. And you don’t need to be a glider to be patient at the plate. See Swisher.
        2007 and 2008, Cano, Melky, and Abreu were three peas in pod. These past season A-rod filled that hole as mentor and the results speak for themselves. Even if you can argue Bobby wasn’t a bad influence, you can’t argue he was a good one. On sports teams there are players who keep the locker room together, players who make everyone else try harder, and then there is Bobby “No WS Ring” Abreu.

    • steve (different one) says:

      give me a f’ing break

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