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01/28/10 10:22 PM EST
Reds contending for Cabrera's services
Free-agent shortstop also considering Rockies, Nationals
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Reds remain in the running for free-agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera, and it appears there are only two other suitors -- the Rockies and Nationals -- a Major League source told MLB.com on Thursday night.
Cincinnati has definitely made an offer to Cabrera, who is also considering Colorado and Washington. It did not appear that any of the three teams were close to reaching a deal on Thursday.
On Thursday morning, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty revealed there was realistic interest in Cabrera. The Reds currently have a superb defensive player in Paul Janish at shortstop but have spent the winter seeking a stronger offensive option.
Cabrera is one of the few shortstops left on the free-agent market. However, he started his career as second baseman, which is where Washington has a vacancy.
About to enter his 14th big league season, the 35-year-old Cabrera batted .284 with nine home runs and 77 RBIs in 160 games combined with the A's and Twins in 2009. He helped Minnesota reach the postseason after his midsummer trade from Oakland.
Lifetime, Cabrera is a .275 hitter with 114 homers and 761 RBIs.