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At what point is Melky Cabrera not a fluke?

Updated: May 16, 2012, 4:46 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
A year ago, the three starting outfielders for the Kansas City Royals produced the best statistics of any outfield trio in the game. Perhaps that's hard to believe, but Melky Cabrera finished eighth among all outfielders on the Player Rater, Alex Gordon was ninth and Jeff Francoeur was 13th. Combined, this threesome provided 61 home runs and 59 stolen bases, all three knocked in precisely 87 runs, and they hit a cumulative .297. It was a bit hard to believe, thus not surprising when only Gordon was trusted to be a top-30 outfielder in 2012 ESPN average live drafts.

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