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Daniel Cabrera Signs With Pirates

The Pirates have signed former Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera. I wrote a few hours ago about how the Pirates have been very quiet in the past few weeks, but this isn't exactly the sort of signing I was hoping to see. Cabrera came up as an Oriole as a flamethrowing starter with control problems, but as his career progressed, the control problems remained, and the flamethrowing part, well, didn't. Cabrera's average fastball velocity dropped from a ridiculous 96.2 MPH in 2005 to a pedestrian 90.9 MPH in 2009. That led to many fewer strikeouts, which made him just about unusable, even at the Class AAA level.

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If he's got some of that old mojo back, he'll probably still have the control problems, but maybe there's some fragment of a chance he could be a reliever. It's far more likely, though, that he'll go to Class AAA Indianapolis and pitch badly, or that he won't make it out of minor-league spring training to begin with.

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