hard to judge reported melky/jays $16M/2 yr deal. if hes star of kc/sf, terrific. if he's zaftig loser of atl, waste of $— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 16, 2012
The relatively small amount and risk involved in the deal was a product of Cabrera’s drug suspension. Cabrera, 28, was not extended an offer from his former team, the Giants, and was a point of controversy in baseball last season.
After a fantastic 114 games and talks of MVP, he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera batted .346 (second in MLB), 11 HRs, 60 RBIs, 13 SBs, and a .906 OPS last season.
The Giants never reinstated him and played 11 games in the postseason after Cabrera was eligible to return.