Orlando Cabrera Close To Deciding Between Teams

Orlando Cabrera may decide today where he'll be playing in 2010.

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Orlando Cabrera Signs With Cincinnati

After considering the Rockies and Nationals, free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera has settled on the Reds:

CINCINNATI -- A Major League source told MLB.com late Saturday that the Reds agreed to terms with free-agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera on a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal includes a $3 million option for 2011 that carries a $1 million buyout. The Reds have not confirmed the deal, and it was not yet known if it was a player or club option on the contract.

Cabrera, it would appear, will get the nod over the 27 year old Paul Janish, an elite-level defensive infielder who's struggled to hit against advanced competition. Janish has hit a combined .226 against AAA and Major League pitching with little power, and though his glove is a known asset, Cincinnati executives have determined that Cabrera offers the superior overall package.

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Orlando Cabrera Close To Deciding Between Teams

Free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera appears to be close to making a decision, according to Buster Olney:

Heard this: Today is the day Orlando Cabrera will choose between offers from the Rockies and the Reds...

In addition to the Rockies and Reds, the Nationals are also alleged to have interest in Cabrera, although Olney implies that they've fallen out of the mix.

The 35 year old Cabrera remains the same guy he's always been at the plate - a contact hitter capable of drawing a walk and hitting the occasional ball over the fence. He's not a threat to do real damage, but both his offense and defense are roughly on par with an average shortstop, giving him some value to teams with a need.

The Reds and Nationals can offer Cabrera the greatest amount of playing time, but those being two teams who are unlikely to content in 2010, Cabrera could opt to join the Rockies as a utility infielder behind Troy Tulowitzki, Clint Barmes, and Ian Stewart.

You can follow along at Rockies blog Purple Row, Reds blog Red Reporter, and Nationals blog Federal Baseball.

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