Reds sign Orlando Cabrera to 1-year deal

This guy has been around so long (12-year veteran) that he actually had some of his best years as a Montreal Expo. I guess it’s hard to believe that he’s not a young ballplayer anymore.
The Reds agreed to one year $3 million dollar deal to obtain Cabrera, with a club buyout option for 2011 if he doesn’t hit his weight, which might still be substantially better then Paul Janish.
He hit .284 last season while playing in Oakland and Minneosta. Cabrera was part of a deadline deal that sent him to Minnesota on July 31.
Reds ownership needs a pat on the back. Not only for not signing Johnny Damon (which was also rumored this week) but for going out and making an aggressive run at a nice veteran like this.

As we said on the podcast this past Thursday, if the Reds want to go into this season and be able to say that they’re trying to win; you can’t have Janish as your everyday shortstop. They knew that, so they upgraded the position with as solid of a free agent as there was available. And he’s going to be perfect hitting in the 2-hole.

Watch him end up hitting more in the leadoff spot then anyone all season.