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2011 MLB Trade Deadline News: Giants Acquire Orlando Cabrera from Indians

The San Francisco Giants apparently aren't finished making their moves before the trade deadline as they are set to acquire the Cleveland Indians' Orlando Cabrera for minor league outfielder Thomas Neal according to Danny Knobler of CBSsports.com.

The 36 year old Cabrera will help the Giants fill the gaps in the middle of their infield, bringing 14 years of experience with him to the Bay. Cabrera was the Indians' starting second baseman at the start of the year but tranistioned into more of a utility role down the line. The native of Columbia has a career slash line of .273/.319/.392 and was batting .244/.277/.321 in 344 plate appearances for Cleveland along with four homers and 38 RBI's. 

Cabrera is hitting about 30 points lower this season then his career average, but he is still another nice addition added by General Manager Brian Sabean. The Giants really got what they wanted in a utility man; a tested veteran who can play multiple positions, brings a decent bat, and is a consummate professional. And although many a Giant fan will be sad to see Thomas Neal leave it is a relatively small price to pay for a player like Cabrera.

This move could be tied to the status of Freddy Sanchez, who could possibly DH in the Arizona Summer League as soon as Monday. He would be expected back in San Francisco sometime in August if he's healthy enough to play, but the team may be questioning how effective he can be in the field with a possible surgery on the horizon for his bum shoulder. 

Either way, a good move for the Giants in my opinion.