Cabrera expected in Sarasota Tuesday
The Orioles are nearly done with the deal with infielder Everth Cabrera and he’s expected be in Sarasota on Tuesday for the position player report date. The O’s should finalize the deal in the next day or two for the $2.4 million deal, which also includes another $600,000 in incentives, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Orioles EVP Dan Duquette said last week that the deal would take a little longer to get done as the club worked through some of the off the field issues with the former National League All-Star.
Besides being a player implicated — and suspended — in the Biogenesis scandal, the 28-year-old is facing a pending misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest during a Sept. 3 incident.
On that day, Cabrera was arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and was also cited for possession of the drug. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail. Cabrera has pleaded not guilty and the trial is set for mid-April.
Cabrera owns a career .248/.319/.333 line in six Major League seasons, and he will likely move around the diamond this spring as the Orioles try to see if he can be a fit in the utility spot. He also could be a leadoff option for the O’s, who have been looking to fill the spot since the departure of Nick Markakis.