It appears the San Diego Padres have decided to part ways with the speedy, but troublesome shortstop, Everth Cabrera. On Tuesday the Padres non-tendered the 28-year-old shortstop permitting him to sign with any team, but don’t expect a reunion with San Diego.
The Padres are not pursuing a new deal with Everth Cabrera. GM AJ Preller: “We’re looking at going in a different direction.”
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) December 3, 2014
If this was the 2012 or even the 2013 season offseason, teams would be lining up to acquire the services of the young shortstop, but many factors have since contributed to Cabrera’s decline as one of the top emerging shortstops in the game. First it was his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy in 2013, then in September of 2014 he was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana and in November charged for resisting that arrest.
If not for a span of a season and half, Cabrera’s career doesn’t look that promising. While he has always been known as a steady defender at short, he has trouble staying on the field and has only appeared in at least 100 games in a season just twice in his career. Teams also might not feel comfortable with the adequate offensive skills he showed in 2012 and the first half of 2013 season, as those numbers are clouded by his admitted use of a performance enhancing drug. Even with his lone All-Star campaign of 2013, Cabrera has only managed to hit above a .250 just one other time in his career, back in his rookie season in 2009.
Still, there are several teams looking for a shortstop and Cabrera’s sudden availability will draw some teams to look into him such as defensive prowess, switch hitting, and stealing bases. Those teams that have holes to fill at shortstop are the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Oakland Athletics, and the Los Angeles Dodgers . A club not many are connecting with Cabrera could be the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have shown a willingness to look for and add offense this offseason and taking a chance on a speedy switch hitter with the ability to turn singles into doubles in the gap friendly Safeco Field, may not be such a longshot. The Mariners do have a young shortstop that they are trying to develop in Brad Miller, but Cabrera can play second base, some third base, and even has some minor league experience in the outfield.