Melky Cabrera reportedly close to Royals deal

The ex-Atlanta Braves just keep coming the Royals’ way, according to reports surfacing at the Winter Meetings.

The Royals were reported close to terms with outfielder Melky Cabrera on Thursday, the day after signing outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

Cabrera, according to published reports, would receive a one-year deal worth $1.25 million plus $250,000 in incentives pending passing a physical. The report surfaced on Major League Baseball Trade Rumors early on Thursday.

Cabrera would be taking a pay cut from the $3.1 million he earned last year with the Braves when he hit just .255 with four homers and 42 RBIs in 147 games. A switch-hitter who could play center field or left, he previously had some productive years with the New York Yankees.

The report originated with Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sport and Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.

Dick Kaegel.

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