Melky Cabrera, an outfielder within the Majors from 2005-19, launched his retirement Friday, in line with Héctor Gómez of the Dominican Republic’s Z101 Digital.
Cabrera, 37, was signed by the Yankees in 2001, out of the Dominican Republic, and performed his first 5 MLB seasons for Contemporary York, at the side of in ’09, when he hit .391 with a pair of doubles within the American League Championship Series against the Angels to support the Yanks reach — after which take care of — the World Series.
The Yankees traded Cabrera to the Braves in December 2009. He seemed in 147 games for the Braves in ’10, posting a .671 OPS. He was launched that offseason and signed with the Royals. Cabrera had a breakout campaign for Kansas City in ’11, slashing .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
The Royals traded Cabrera to the Giants, for whom he was an All-Considerable individual in 2012, taking home All-Considerable individual Game MVP honors after going 2-for-3 with a dwelling walk within the National League’s 8-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium. Later that season, Cabrera was suspended 50 games for violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Cure Program. In 113 games that three hundred and sixty five days, he hit .346/.390/.516 with 11 homers and 13 stolen bases.
From 2013-16, Cabrera remained productive on the plate. He hit .288/.334/.423 in 536 games with the Blue Jays and White Sox over that span. In ’17, Chicago dealt Cabrera to Kansas City on the Trade Time restrict. In his 2d stint with the Royals, he had a .702 OPS in 58 games.
As a free agent that offseason, Cabrera signed with Cleveland, then posted a .755 OPS in 78 games in 2018. In ’19 — Cabrera’s closing within the Majors — he hit .280/.313/.399 with seven homers in 133 games with Pittsburgh.