Cabrera signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. The 27-year-old backstop spent the last two seasons with the Reds, but was non-tendered this offseason. He figures to be fourth on the depth chart at catcher this spring, and is likely to spend the season offering organizational depth at Triple-A.
The Reds declined to tender Cabrera a contract for 2017, making him a free agent, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Cincinnati had already effectively cut bait, designating Cabrera for assignment Monday. Cabrera appeared in 61 games for the Reds in 2016, serving as the primary backup to Tucker Barnhart after Devin Mesoraco went down. He hit .246/.279/.357 over 185 plate appearances.
Cabrera was designated for assignment by the Reds on Monday. Cabrera's second-career stint in the major leagues didn't go nearly as well as his first, as he could only muster a .246 batting average over the course of 171 at-bats. Because of this, the Reds decided to cede his 40-man roster spot to Juan Graterol, a catcher who they claimed off waivers from the Angels. Cabrera will likely spend 2017 in an organizational depth role unless a team thin at catcher swipes him up in the near future.
Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer against the Marlins on Thursday. Cabrera went deep off Jose Fernandez for his first home run of 2016 and second of his career. The 26-year-old catcher has only appeared in 37 games for the Reds and has been underwhelming. His OBP is below .300 and without any power to make up for it, Cabrera doesn't have much fantasy value except for in extremely deep leagues.
Cabrera is batting .240 with 11 RBI in 100 at-bats this season. Despite a consistent start to the year, the second-year player is hitting just .154 on 13 at-bats in August. Regardless, Cabrera will continue to serve as the Reds' backup to Tucker Barnhart who has three times the plate appearances.
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