Melky Cabrera agrees to a 2 year contract with the Blue Jays for $16 million

The Blue Jays are the new Yankees, after signing Melky Cabrera to a 2-year deal

11/16/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera during game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIREAlthough he probably would have gotten a much larger contract if he hadn't failed a drug test, Melky Cabrera still got a decent payday, after signing with the Blue Jays for 2 years and $16M.

Cabrera was suspended for 50 games after being found to have elevated testosterone levels. Prior to his suspension, he was an NL MVP candidate and had been the All Star Game MVP.

Prior to last season, Cabrera had been pedestrian at best for most of his career. His numbers improved significantly in 2011 and again in 2012, suggesting that perhaps the performance enhancing drugs DID have a serious impact.

There's no telling exactly how he'll do in Toronto, but there's no question that the Blue Jays are making a very serious push to win now, following this signing and the blockbuster trade they made with the Marlins.

The rest of the AL East is definitely on notice, as the Jays are no longer the perennial losers that they've been in the past.

You have to wonder what former Toronto John Farrell is thinking, after he left the Blue Jays for the same position in Boston, where they finished worse than the Jays last year and have done far less in the offseason so far. Normally it's the Yankees making all the big moves, but the Blue Jays have been the most active so far, by a long shot.

What do you think... was this a good move by the Blue Jays? Or did they pay too much for a guy whose only success was thanks to performance enhancing drugs?
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11/18/12   |   ML31   |   3673 respect

If he is close to what he was the last two years, it will be a decent deal I suppose. Much speculation filled the local sports talk air here in the Bay Area about whether or not the Giants should even try to re-sign him.  Strong arguments in both camps.  I was sort of holding out hope the Giants could lowball him back as he is the kind of player you want at Phone Company Park. 

11/16/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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Or did they pay too much for a guy whose only success was thanks to performance enhancing drugs?

Do we really know this is true? Cabrera is a contact hitter whose value is mostly dependent on batting average. The last two years he's had a high BABIP, including a very high .379 this year. I'm not exactly sure how testosterone can elevate that BABIP. Maybe a little if it allows him to hit more line drives, but I have no idea if that makes any sense biologically.

Anyway, for Cabrera it's simple. If the hits fall, he'll have value for the Jays. If they don't and the BABIP falls, he won't.