If the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t need another piece of offense, the team signed Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal on Friday afternoon. It will be very interesting to see how Cabrera is after the long suspension from the 2012 season.
The part that really gets me about this however is the fact that Cabrera still got $16 million after being drilled on the performance-enhancing drugs. I realize that Toronto was still looking for another outfielder but signing Cabrera may rank up there with one of the worst moves you will ever see if Cabrera comes back down to earth like he did before his year with the Kansas City Royals in 2011. Cabrera is a decent player but is it really worth that much money to a team that just traded for basically the whole Miami Marlins team.
The Blue Jays are in a very tough division with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles but you have to question if this move does them any good in moving out of the cellar and into a much better spot in the division. While the move getting the Miami Marlins players if it is approved is a genius move. The idea of going out and signing Melky Cabrera is not one of the best moves. There were much better options out there for free agent outfielders than Cabrera, you have to hope Blue Jay or just Canadian baseball fans aren’t going to get too wound up and wish Youppi and the Expos would show back up.