After batting only .181 in 1999, Cabrera established himself as the Indians utility-man of choice in 2000. His ability to play either of the middle-infield positions or anywhere in the outfield kept him on the big league roster for most of the season. He struggled at the plate at first, going 0 for 8, but eventually established himself as a competent hitter, batting .251 in 175 at-bats. Cabrera specialized in putting the ball in play, striking out and walking with equal rarity.
Cabrera brother, major leaguer Orlando Cabrera, played shortstop for the Expos. Both brothers were originally drafted by the Expos organization.