|The Giants acquired 36-year-old second baseman Orlando Cabrera from the Indians, parting with Triple-A outfielder Thomas Neal in trade. San Francisco made two other July trades for position players, bringing aboard second baseman Jeff Keppinger from the Astros and right fielder Carlos Beltran from the Mets.
Cabrera’s offensive output has slipped considerably in the past two seasons (74 OPS+), but he’s still something of a good luck charm for teams vying for the playoffs. He’s appeared in six of the past seven postseasons, suiting up for the 2004 Red Sox, 2005 and 2007 Angels, 2008 White Sox, 2009 Twins and 2010 Reds. Cabrera almost certainly will make his seventh playoff appearance with the 2011 Giants.
|Thomas Neal, lf
Age: 23. Position: LF (50 G), CF (5 G), RF (2 G).
Born: Aug. 17, 1987 in Inglewood, Calif.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 225. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Riverside (Calif.) CC.
Career Transactions: Selected by Giants in 36th round of 2005 draft; signed May 29, 2006.
Neal broke out in 2009, batting .337/.431/.579 and leading the California League in on-base percentage. He’s maintained a strong batting average in the upper minors, batting .293/.357/.431 in 745 at-bats this season and last, though his power stroke has cooled. Neal has done most of his damage versus lefties at the Double-A (.958 OPS) and Triple-A (.821 OPS) level. He doesn’t run well, which limits him to a corner. He throws well enough, but probably lacks the power to be anything more than a righty-hitting part-time outfielder.
|Orlando Cabrera, 2b
Age: 36. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Approximately $333,000 ($1 million salary for 2011; eligible for free agency after the season).
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.