San Francisco Giants Could Give Melky Cabrera Extension

May 13, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants batter Melky Cabrera hits an RBI single in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The San Francisco Giants might be looking to extend center fielder Melky Cabrera.

Melky Cabrera has enjoyed a solid major league career and continues to put up steady numbers with occasional power. He spent most of his early career with the New York Yankees, racking up batting averages from .249 to .280, OBPs from .301 to .360, and slugging percentages from .341 to .416. His numbers improved after he was dealt to the Atlanta Braves and later the Kansas City Royals, and he has peaked as a San Francisco Giant. His slugging percentage is up to .490, his OBP is at .386, and his batting average is at .338, all career highs.

The San Francisco Giants are really enjoying the Cabrera experience, and want to keep him on for a longer period. CSN Bay Area filed this report that says the Giants are looking at an extension.

[GM Brian] Sabean told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that the team wouldn't automatically wait to negotiate a deal with the 27-year-old outfielder.

"Not necessarily," Sabean said when asked about waiting. "I think it's different with a transitional player, depending on who the agent is or the appetite of the player. So I wouldn't say that's an absolute."

The Giants probably shouldn't hurry on the extension (Cabrera isn't a power player, so he'll never be highly sought after), but it would make sense to sign him to a reasonable deal before others come looking.

Talk about Cabrera with Giants fans at McCovey Chronicles.

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