Cabrera was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
Cabrera opened camp on the major-league side but was never likely to claim a spot on the Opening Day roster. He has just two Triple-A innings under his belt but could push for a promotion later in the year with strong performances for Memphis.
St. Louis protected Cabrera from the Rule 5 draft by placing him on the 40-man roster. The 22-year-old lefty spent the majority of his 2018 season with Double-A Montgomery and was traded to the Cardinals just prior to the July deadline. He accrued a 4.27 ERA with 145 punchouts over 137 innings at Double-A last year.
Cabrera was sent to the Cardinals from the Rays on Tuesday along with Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez in exchange for Tommy Pham and international slot money, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cabrera has a mediocre 4.12 ERA in 113.2 innings for Double-A Montgomery so far this season. The 21-year-old lefty's 26.2 percent strikeout rate is promising, though he's walking too many batters (12.0 percent). The poor command and lack of any particularly interesting secondary offerings give reason to believe he'll end up a reliever, but since he's still young the Cardinals could give him more time to prove that he can start.
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