Melky Cabrera pops up under "boring" in the dictionary, but he's still getting it done for fantasy owners. For the fourth straight season, Cabrera batted over .273, hit 12-plus homers and reached the 70-run and 70-RBI thresholds. His numbers fell off following the trade from Chicago to Kansas City, but Cabrera was still good enough on the whole in four categories to earn double digits in 15-team leagues. Cabrera's walk rate slid back to just 5.4 percent -- a six-year low -- but his contact skills are holding steady. His 11.1 percent strikeout rate was the seventh-lowest among qualified hitters. There is a total absence of upside with Cabrera, and the floor may not be as steady as it seems at a glance given his steadily declining defense, but it seems likely that the 33-year-old will continue to receive near-everyday playing time in 2018 on the strength of his offensive skill set.
Cabrera, who was reportedly looking for a two-year deal back in February according to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, remains unsigned. Other than showing up on lists of the top remaining free agents, there has been very little chatter regarding Cabrera in recent weeks. He apparently spoke with the Marlins back in February, but when he made it clear that he wanted a two-year deal, Miami chose to sign Cameron Maybin instead. While Cabrera has likely realized that no team will be handing him a two-year pact, it may still be tough for him to even land a one-year deal that is fully guaranteed. Over the last three seasons, the 33-year-old left fielder has posted just one year above replacement level (1.7 fWAR in 2016), despite playing in 150-plus games in each of those three seasons.
Cabrera is out of Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. He is hitting .260/.295/.365 with one home run in 104 at-bats in the season's final month. Jorge Bonifacio will start in right field and hit fifth.
Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday's 1-0 win at Toronto. Cabrera drove in the game's lone run with a single in the third inning, but was also caught stealing later in that frame. The veteran outfielder continues to bat third in the order for Kansas City's underwhelming offense and needs just five RBI to match his career high of 87 set during his first stint with the Royals back in 2011.
Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Sunday's win over Minnesota. It was the 17th long fly of the season for the veteran, and he's now just a single homer short of tying his career high of 18 from the 2011 campaign. Cabrera is finishing off another serviceable fantasy campaign with 74 RBI, 66 runs and a .298/.336/.448 slash line to go along with his 17 round trippers.
Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored in the Royals' 7-6 win over the Twins on Friday. "The Melk Man" tallied just one hit during Kansas City's three-game series with the Rays earlier in the week, so this offensive outburst was a welcomed sight. Since joining the Royals in late July, Cabrera is hitting .306 with three home runs and 16 RBI, bringing his season slash line up to a solid .297/.336/.444.