Measuring interest in Cabrera
Daniel Cabrera’s struggles to throw strikes may ultimately shy the Marlins away from signing the right-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Wednesday.
The Marlins are exploring whether to sign the 27-year-old. Working against him is the fact he has almost as many walks as innings pitched. With Washington, Cabrera walked 35 in 40 innings.
According to a source on Friday, Cabrera may have a difficult time landing immediately with another MLB team. There is a strong possibility that he could sign a Minor League contract, where he could work on his command first.
The Marlins Minor League pitching depth is thin, and that may be where he would fit immediately, if he is obtained by the organization.
Marlins pitching coach Mark Wiley previously worked with Cabrera when the right-hander pitched for the Orioles.
Cabrera was 0-5 witha 5.85 ERA in nine games with eight starts for the Nationals.
Along with his 35 walks, he’s struck out 16. He’s also had 10 wild pitches, and two hit batters, including plunking Jorge Cantu on the back of the left hand on April 8.
— Joe Frisaro