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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league camp.
The Pirates announced the deal on Monday.
The 34-year-old Cabrera will make $1.15 million with an additional $850,000 available in performance bonuses if he makes the 40-man roster.
Cabrera is a career .286 hitter in 14 seasons split among seven different teams. He made the All-Star team in 2012 while playing for the San Francisco Giants and was named the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player. He was suspended 50 games later in the 2012 season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Today we officially agreed to terms on a minor league contract with outfielder Melky Cabrera, which includes an invitation to big league camp.
Cabrera hit .280 (70-for-250) with 17 doubles, 6 HRs and 39 RBI in 78 games with the Indians last season. pic.twitter.com/4RMFjq8zld
— Pirates (@Pirates) February 11, 2019
Cabrera hit .280 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 78 games last season for Cleveland. He will get a chance to compete with Lonnie Chisenhall and others for a spot in Pittsburgh’s outfield while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from shoulder surgery.
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