Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera (2 years, 16 million)
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11-16-2012, 03:11 PM
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I don't care if he's a 340 average, .900+ OPS hitter again to be frank, and I doubt AA thinks that is the type of contribution that Melky will make to the club.
All he has to do is be a plus fielder and put up a respectable OBP and .750+ type OPS in the line-up to be worthy of his contract. And I think the probability of him performing above that minimum threshold is reasonably good. PED's don't improve walk rate, bat speed, or contact. They help one to stay healthier and in the line-up by avoiding those nagging injuries that occur over the course of a gruelling 162 game schedule.
Provided Cabrera walks at a reasonable rate, steals some bases, and provides reasonable power in the lower third of the line-up the Jays got an excellent deal here. He doesn't have to be an all-world offensive force like he was for the Giants for this to be a prescient move.
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