Melky Cabrera To Blue Jays?
November 17, 2012 by staff
Melky Cabrera To Blue Jays?, A week ago, it was widely assumed that Alex Anthopoulos would be a high-stakes trader at baseball’s winter meetings Dec. 3-6 in Nashville. Turns out he might just sit back and watch his rivals sift through the crumbs he left for them. With the reported signing Friday of free agent Melky Cabrera, the Toronto Blue Jays general manager has added seven players to his roster and more than US$55-million to his 2013 payroll in the past week.
In the process, he has transfigured the long-suffering Blue Jays from ragtag also-rans to authentic contenders in the American League East.
Cabrera, who served a 50-game suspension in 2012 after testing positive for synthetic testosterone, reportedly signed a two-year, US$16-million contract and will become the Jays’ everyday left-fielder. The deal was first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com.
“We’re willing to give anybody a second chance,” Anthopoulos said in an interview on The Fan 590 in September when asked whether he would consider signing a player suspended for PED use.
Playing for the San Francisco Giants, Cabrera was enjoying his best season by far when the suspension was announced on mid-August. He batted .346 with a .390 on-base percentage and .906 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Earlier this week, Anthopoulos swung a megadeal with the Miami Marlins, adding star shortstop Jose Reyes and starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle as well as utility man Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck.
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