August 5, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) runs to third base after hitting a triple during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Giants won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
The San Francisco Giants made a brief try to extend sudden outfield star Melky Cabrera with a new contract a few weeks ago, but the sides have agreed to put finances aside until after season, when he is due to become a free agent, sources said.
The Giants are believed to have suggested a three-year extension along the lines of the $27 million contract Carlos Quentin and the San Diego Padres agreed to earlier this season, according to Heyman.
Heyman adds that this conversation was short, as Cabrera is likely intrigued by the opportunity to test the waters of free agency. The 27-year-old is having a career year at the perfect time, hitting at a clip of .353/.399/.530 with twenty-three doubles, ten triples and eleven home runs over 430 at-bats.
Cabrera was acquired by the Giants this off-season in the trade that sent Jonathan Sanchez, who’s now a memberof the Colorado Rockies, to the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera put together a nice season with the Royals in 2011, .305/.339/.470, but it’s nothing compared to his 2012 campaign. He owns a career line of .285/.339/.415 over his eight seasons in the majors.
Will Cabrera reach free agency?