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Indians Sign Orlando Cabrera

February 16, 2011
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The Cleveland Indians today signed infielder Orlando Cabrera to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season.

Cabrera, 36, owns a career Major League batting average of .274 (1948-7112) with 443 doubles, 32 triples, 118 HR and 803 RBI in 1855 games with 7 teams over 14 seasons since debuting with the Montreal Expos at age 22 in 1997. He has also stolen 203 bases and plated 946 runs in his career and is one of just six active Major Leaguers with at least 1900 hits, 400 doubles, 100 homers and 200 stolen bases (A. Rodriguez, B. Abreu, D. Jeter, J. Damon, E. Renteria).

He is a two-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award – winning with Montreal in 2001 and the LA Angels in 2007 - and in 2007 Orlando also placed 15th in the American League MVP balloting (.301, 35 2B, 86RBI, 101RS, 20SB). Cabrera has been to the postseason in each of the last four seasons (CIN 2010, MIN 2009, CWS 2008, LAA 2007) and in six of the last seven seasons beginning in 2004 with the World Champion Boston Red Sox. In all, he has appeared in 37 career postseason games with five different teams.

The Cartagena, Colombia native spent the 2010 season with the Cincinnati Reds where he hit .263 (130-494) with 33 doubles, 4 HR & 42 RBI in 123 games, stealing 11 bags in 15 attempts. He led the club with 119 starts at shortstop, hit .326 (44-135, .804OPS) off left-handed pitching and batted .306 (45-147, .763OPS) in the second half of the season.

Orlando will wear #20 with the Indians. His brother, Jolbert, appeared in 310 games with the Indians over five seasons from 1998-2002 and spent eight seasons and 609 games in the big leagues from 1998-2008.

- courtesy of the Indians

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