Génesis Cabrera, placed on assignment by the Cardinals

The Cardinals plan to designate left-handed reliever Génesis Cabrera for assignment today, The Athletic’s Katie Woo reports.

Cabrera, 26, posted a 3.41 ERA in 92 1/3 innings with the Cardinals from 2020-21, but has never shown even average MLB-level command and has struggled the past two seasons. As of Opening Day 2022, the lefty has a 4.82 ERA with a below-average 20.8% strikeout rate and a much higher-than-average 11.3% walk rate. Cabrera averaged 97.9 mph during 2021, arguably his peak season, but that speed is down two mph from that level in 2023, to 95.9 mph. He’s also been extremely home run prone since last year, averaging 1.64 home runs per nine innings pitched.

Even with the drop in velocity and strikeout rate over the past two seasons, there’s still some reason to believe Cabrera is capable of more. Of note is averaging about 96 mph from the left side, even if that’s below maximum levels, and Cabrera has a very strong 13.6% swing rate this season. There’s no question that Cabrera has intriguing raw material, and another team may have a different plan to maximize his arsenal.

Beyond his power repertoire, Cabrera is affordable ($950,000 salary in 2023), controllable and has one minor league option left. He entered the current season with just over three years of major league service time, so he may be controlled until the 2025 campaign. St. Louis is unlikely to get a major price tag in a trade, but another club could see it. as an interesting buy-low candidate who could contribute not just this year but for two more seasons.

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