Former Giants utility infielder Orlando Cabrera announced his retirement from MLB on a Colombian radio station Wednesday, closing a 15-year career that ended in San Francisco.
Cabrera hit .238 in 130 games between the Indians and Giants last season. He was brought to San Francisco by Brian Sabean to spell the injured Miguel Tejada at shortstop.
"He is a proven winner," manager Bruce Bochy said after the addition. "With Miguel, one of our shortstops going down, we felt like we needed an experienced shortstop who could go out there every day. He was available. It worked out well for us."
While the acquisition worked out, Cabrera with the Giants did not; Cabrera hit just .222 and the Giants failed to reach the playoffs to defend their 2010 world championship.
The 15-year veteran began his career with the Montreal Expos in 1997 and played for the Angels, White Sox, A's, Twins, Reds, Indians and Giants.
In 2009, Cabrera hit .280 in 101 games in Oakland.
He made MLB history when became the first player to reach the postseason in four consecutive years with four different teams, doing so from 2007-20011 with the Angels, White Sox, Twins and Reds.
Cabrera, 37, helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004, and won Gold Gloves in 2001 with the Expos and in 2007 with the Angels.
SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline.
The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A.
Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips.
Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster.
Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year.
The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster.
On Monday morning, some important details emerged.
The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.
Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.
The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.
The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.
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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.
In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.
He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.
Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.