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Friday Insider: Why Pirates had faith in Melky


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CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera has been a solid free agent signing through the first two weeks of the season, better than anyone could have expected.

The veteran switch-hitting outfielder is hitting .375/.394/.438 in 11 games, which is pretty good for a 34-year-old who was signed to a minor-league contract the day before spring training began and has a salary of just $1.15 million.

Cabrera has been especially important with Lonnie Chisenhall sidelined by a broken right hand, which he sustained three days before the season opened. Cabrera’s playing time will diminish when Gregory Polanco comes off the injured list late in the month, but he will still be a valuable bench bat.

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