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 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.
Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, the deciding hit in Saturday's 5-4 win over the White Sox. Cabrera's eighth-inning blast, his 16th of the season, was especially sweet because it dealt the final blow to his former team. Since coming over from the White Sox, the 13-year veteran is hitting .314 with three home runs and 13 RBI over 13 games. Overall, Cabrera is hitting .297 with 69 RBI on the year.