Melky Cabrera to Phillies Trade Talks Heating Up

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Phillies and Royals are discussing a trade that would send Melky Cabrera to Philadelphia.

It’s been known for some time now that the one piece the Phillies seem to be lacking is a right handed hitting outfielder with some pop.  Over the past several weeks the usual suspects have been linked to Philadelphia; Josh Willingham, Carlos Beltran and Hunter Pence.

But yesterday another name made its way into the mix, when Morosi said the Phils are in talks with the Royals for their center fielder.  Morosi noted that a deal for Cabrera isn’t necessarily close, but he’s heard from sources that the teams have exchanged names.

Cabrera offers the Phillies a cheaper alternative to those listed above, and the club has made it known that they would rather not exceed the luxury tax threshold.  The center fielder is only making $1.25 million this year and is again arbitration eligible next season.

While he would come at a reduced cost, his production is comparable to the other sluggers that are rumored to be available this summer.

That being said I have to disagree with a point Morosi tries to make, comparing Cabrera to Beltran.  In his report he calls Cabrera Beltran-lite and says the two have similar numbers this season.  I’m fine with the Beltran-lite tag and even saying the numbers aren’t too far off, but Morosi goes on to ‘prove’ his point by showing the OPS’s of Beltran (.911) and Cabrera (.793).  That looks like a significant difference to me Jon Paul.

Anyway, back to the trade talk.

Cabrera would seem to fit the bill for what the Phils are coveting this July.  In 95 games with the Royals this season, the 26 year old has put up a line of .294/.331/.456 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI’s and 61 runs scored while swiping 14 bases.

Kansas City is also known to have possible interest in moving veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur but is unlikely to trade both he and Cabrera this season.

It will be interesting to see some of the names involved in a possible deal since Cabrera would be more than simply a salary dump.  I would assume Dominic Brown is off the table at this point, but players such as Vance Worley and Jonathan Singleton are sure to come up in trade talks this summer.

As we approach the 31st, the Phillies continue to be aggressive in their pursuit of a right handed bat.  We can all now add Cabrera to the list of possibilities.

For more on the Phillies and Royals, be sure to check out That Balls Outta Here and Kings of Kauffman.

Topics: Carlos Beltran, Hunter Pence, Jeff Francoeur, Jonathan Singleton, Josh Willingham, Kansas City Royals, Melky Cabrera, Philadelphia Phillies, Vance Worley

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  • Baltimore_Stinks

    Sports Guru Blaine,

    What about Beltran, he seems like a better fit for the long run than Melky. Melky struggled in the NL East last year and the pressure of playing for the Phils might get to him. Its not like he is in Baltimore where if he fails no one will notice. My perdiction is Phils get Beltran and really dont have to give up much (Worley, Singleton, maybe mid-level prospect).

    Sincerely,

    Concerned Fan

  • blaineblontz

    @Baltimore_Stinks

    Concerned Fan,

    I would say that if by the long run you mean beyond this season, then Cabrera is the better option as he’s under control through 2012 where Beltran is a free agent after this year.

    But just looking at 2011, I would agree Beltran is the better option. There is no doubt that Beltran has proven his ability to succeed in the NL East and has the better numbers on the year. It certainly looks like your prediction could be true as the Phils are still in the hunt for Beltran. If they do acquire him I’ll be interested to see what they have to surrender.

    Thanks for the comment, hope things work out better for you and your Phils then they have for the O’s.