LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Two days ago, the Kansas City Royals didn’t have a single right handed hitting option in their outfield.
Now, it appears, they’re about to have two.
Switch hitter Melky Cabrera, 26, neared agreement Thursday on a one year contract for a guaranteed $1.25 million with $250,000 in performance bonuses. The pending deal came less than 24 hours after the Royals signed right handed
hitting Jeff Francoeur to be their starting right fielder.
Cabrera is expected to be given a chance to win the starting job in center field.
“That’s how you convince these bounce back guys to sign,” cheap jerseys one club official said. “They have other offers. So you give them a chance to play regularly. Now, what they do with it is up to them.”
Any deal with Cabrera, as with Francoeur, is pending the successful completion of a physical examination. That means neither player has yet been added to the club’s 40 man roster. Francoeur’s exam is scheduled for Monday.
Cabrera fits the profile of what the Royals sought while bargain hunting for a second right handed hitting outfielder: A still young player looking for a bounce back season after showing productive skills in the past.