Outfielder Melky Cabrera has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays worth $16 million.
Cabrera spent the 2012 season with the San Francisco Giants and was on his way to the best year of his career earning the All-Star Game MVP. However, Cabrera tested positive for PEDs in mid-August and was suspended for 50 games. He was leading the NL in hitting at the time of his suspension. Teammate Buster Posey ended up winning the NL batting title and the NL MVP.
After his suspension ended, the Giants did not bring him back and they went on to win the World Series without him.
I am honestly surprised a big league club took a chance on Cabrera. But the Jays haven’t been in the playoffs in nearly twenty years and are looking to win now as demonstrated by their acquisition of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck from the Miami Marlins earlier this week.
If Cabrera tests positive again for PEDs he will be suspended for 100 games. A third suspension would earn him a lifetime ban from MLB.