Stupid Is As Stupid Does
Of course, this does make some sense if it gives the Sox some long-term security and a significant upgrade at the position. However, Cabrera brings neither.
Cabrera last reached double digit home runs in 2004 when he hit ten, and his career on base percentage is a paltry .320. Essentially, the Sox have acquired a shortstop who reaches base at an unacceptable level, although he does reach base more often than Uribe, and a player who has less power than Uribe. As for defense, Cabrera has a higher fielding percentage with a lower range factor than Uribe. Basically, the two players are comparatively equal despite having advantages in different areas.
As for being a long-term answer at shortstop, Cabrera definitely does not fit the bill. He is thirty-three years old and has just one year left on his contract. At this time next year, the White Sox will once again be searching a shortstop.
The Angels will be receiving a twenty-eight year old pitcher who has thrown over 200 innings in each of the past four seasons. He was an All-Star in 2005 and was in the top three in the American League in wins in two of the last three seasons. Lest this move be considered a salary dump, he makes less money than the two shortstops combined salary. The Angels came away with a steal.
This move is just another symptom of an overriding organizational problem known as Kenny Williams. Last year, he took the fourth highest payroll in baseball and built it into a team that was never in contention to make the playoffs. This year, he seems determined to give the Royals a shot at getting out of the cellar. Maybe they should hire him and put Sox fans out of their misery. The 2005 World Series is looking more like a fluke every day.