After nearly two weeks of whispers, the Indians finally made good on all of the Orlando Cabrera rumors, by signing the veteran infielder to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season.
The 36-year old owns a career Major League batting average of .274 with 443 doubles, 32 triples, 118 home runs and 803 RBI in 1,855 games with seven teams over 14 seasons since debuting with the Montreal Expos at age 22 in 1997.
Cabrera has also stolen 203 bases and scored 946 runs in his career and is one of just six active Major Leaguers with at least 1,900 hits, 400 doubles, 100 homers and 200 stolen bases (Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Abreu, Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Edgar Renteria).
He is a two-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award – winning with Montreal in 2001 and the LA Angels in 2007. Cabrera has been to the postseason in each of the last four seasons (with Cincinnati in 2010, Minnesota in 2009, Chicago White Soxi n 2008, and the Angels in 2007) and in six of the last seven seasons beginning in 2004 with the World Champion Boston Red Sox. In all, he has appeared in 37 career postseason games with five different teams.
The Cartagena, Colombia native hit .263 with 33 doubles, four home runs and 42 RBI in 123 games last year with the Reds, stealing 11 bases in 15 attempts. With the Tribe Cabrera will wear No. 20 with the Indians.
Ironically, his brother, Jolbert, appeared in 310 games with the Indians over five seasons from 1998-2002 and spent eight seasons and 609 games in the big leagues from 1998-2008.