Five Teams Interested In Melky Cabrera

At least five teams have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post. The Mets and Yankees are not two of those teams, however.

Cabrera, 28, is arguably the most unique free agent on the market this offseason. He was performing like a star (.346/.390/.516) with the Giants this summer before being suspended 50 games for a positive PED test, which he tried to cover up with a website scheme. Given his age and production, Melky would have been in line for a huge payday. Instead, he'll likely have to settle for a short-term contract in an effort to rebuild value.

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes ranked Cabrera as the 18th best free agent in his Top 50 Free Agents List, predicting he would sign with the Red Sox.


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  1. safari_punch 3 years ago

    Blue Jays are all over this. He has the sort of makeup they covet.

    • Jays Fan 3 3 years ago

      would be a good fit.

    • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

      Dominican and a left fielding switch hitter. Be crazy not to go after him.

    • jaysfordays14 3 years ago

      I agree but as long as it doesn’t come at a great cost. His career has been defined by inconsistency and given his suspension, I think he could revert back to his pre-2011 form next season.

  2. squadwagon6 3 years ago

    I bet the Nationals are in on him. As they are in on everyone now a days ! lol

    • TophersReds 3 years ago

      I think you’re getting them confused with the Red Sox.

      • You Know Who 3 years ago

        Nope phillies on a 3 year 50 mil deal with a vesting option at 100 plate appearances. Amaro strikes again!

        • Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

          I don’t think Monty would allow for that kind of “Silliness” to occur.

      • squadwagon6 3 years ago

        Heck them and the Phillies too !

  3. jnuce 3 years ago

    As a mets fan beggars can’t be choosey i would take a shot

  4. EpiphanyinBaltimore 3 years ago

    Good fit for the Tigers

    • EightMileCats 3 years ago

      I agree
      He’s gonna be looking short contract to rebuild his value. He could be the perfect RF stop gap til Castellanos is ready

      • Ausome7 3 years ago

        Wouldn’t Melky play left and rf now is between castellanos Garcia and boesch. Also if we got Melky what do we do with Dirks?

        • Brandon 3 years ago

          I would assume so, and Dirks would be a platoon type guy.

        • EightMileCats 3 years ago

          Dirks could also play rf. could use dirks in rf with Garcia and give Castellanos a full year at aaa

  5. The next Marlon Byrd?

  6. Short-term deal? I think the Reds should make a run at him, sign him 2-3 years, and then trade him when he regains his value and Billy Hamilton is ready for the bigs. Could get nice production in the first year or two, and end up getting some good prospects in the end.

  7. kjbaune 3 years ago

    If it were not for Melky, the Giants would never have made the playoffs. They should sign to a redemption deal filled with performance based bonuses. One year performance based $7 mil min., and then club option for a two year extension at $11 mil per year min.

    • 55saveslives 3 years ago

      No, he lied directly to the players faces. They don’t want him back. Thank God!

      • kjbaune 3 years ago

        I agree he could have handled the situation better. I think he was just extremely embarrassed about the whole situation. We all make mistakes, this was his first time getting caught, hopefully he will learn from this. I think the coaches and players will come around and accept an apology if he were to be given a chance.

        • Matt Johnson 3 years ago

          He had two chances to say something to his teammates and he didn’t. Then he and his friends tried to make a fictitious website to fool investigators. We played better without him in the 2nd half of the season.
          All that said I would offer him a 1 maybe 2 year deal (team option). He is an idiot though. You know when you are going to be tested, yet he still found a way to test positive.

          • FrnchDp 3 years ago

            the website was setup well before he got busted.. and you can’t really comment on what he said to his teammates and when since you (nor I) are in the clubhouse.
            as to the “we played better without him comment”, that also bothers me.. for all we know, if he hadn’t been suspended, we would have been even better than we ended up being, and potentially have the best record in the NL. The team overcame his suspension, but we have no idea how good they would have been if he had played the entire season. Pretty sure he was/is better than Blanco at the plate.

            but in the end, if the Giants were to sign him, I agree with a 1 yr (but not 7M) contract. though I believe they’ll pass on him from a PR stand point more than anything.

          • 55saveslives 3 years ago

            It’s already been reported that Angel Pagan asked him directly and Melky denied it.

          • ZAK 3 years ago

            I’m very skeptical with all that talk. It’s been speculated by former players that at least half of them are dirty and not getting caught, Conte says more than that even. I have to believe the players are more upset that he got caught and handled it poorly than the fact that he was doing it.

          • ZAK 3 years ago

            Testing is random- you don’t know precisely when you’ll be tested, you only know when it’s possible, before and after games at the park. Given that synthetic testosterone is not showing up on tests at low volumes it’s more a matter that he was careless with the amount he used. Most likely players are doing it when they get home at night as the time before they come to the park is enough to lower the testosterone to below 4:1 ratio; provided you haven’t had too much.

      • broadstreetbully 3 years ago

        I’m sure 55 has never once lied to a coworker

        • 55saveslives 3 years ago

          What does that have to do with the San Francisco Giants signing a roider to a multi-million dollar contract?

      • rainyperez 3 years ago

        The sentiment is split between the players and you can see it in their interviews. Posey was obviously was angry but a lot of the Latin players and Sergio Romo were in favor of him coming back. Some more than others said it more indirectly.

        If the players were so mad at him they wouldn’t have given him a full share. They saw the talent on the field and apparently he was a great clubhouse guy.

        If the Giants want to make a great baseball decision that will help their team next season they sign Melky for a value based contract. Who cares about the PR. Melky has one year to prove himself once again if he wants any sort of big contract in the future.

        • rikersbeard 3 years ago

          pretty sure they gave him a full share because they were legally obligated in virtue of the rules of the CBA.

          • rainyperez 3 years ago

            Was unaware of the rule, thanks. But it still doesn’t change my stance on Melky coming back to the Giants.

        • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

          Melky was going to get a big pay day all while taking a spot in the batting order where a guy like Posey could boost his MVP stats more. Posey was obviously in competition with the guy judging by comments.

        • ZAK 3 years ago

          The valuation of this site predicts Melky won’t take a value based contract. No matter how you dissect his #’s there’s some juice added to that 18th ranking. I don’t disagree the Giants should take Melky back for 1 year and less than he made this year but I’m highly skeptical that’s going to happen and that’s fine by me.

        • 55saveslives 3 years ago

          From what I’ve read from Schulman and Baggs, the players don’t want him back. I don’t either. Rather have Ichiro for a year.

      • Timothy Tappin 3 years ago

        You acting like hes the only player who has lied. Everybody deserves a 2nd chance.

        • 55saveslives 3 years ago

          There’s a difference from a player lying to a reporter than a player lying to a teammates face.

          • alphabet_soup5 3 years ago

            Just because they’re all teammates doesn’t mean they’re friends. It’s not like the clubhouse takes a poll and has a list on the wall of who uses PED’s and who doesn’t, it makes sense for a player not to say anything unless they want to be caught.

          • melonis_rex 3 years ago

            how do we know other giants(or any team) players aren’t using PEDs (or other banned substances)?

  8. jigokusabre 3 years ago

    Given that they only have $12 M to play with, I doubt the Marlins are involved…. but they should be. A budget short term solution in LF would be an excellent bridge to Christian Yelich.

  9. MaineSkin 3 years ago

    The #orioles and their LF is a perfect fit for Melky. He’s slot in in the 2-hole and we’d have a 1-2 with Markakis with high OB %. High reward, low salary risk.

  10. Giants won a World Series trophy without this guy, he is not a team player. 28 years old and passed on by the Yankees, Braves, Royals, and now Giants. He’s developing quite the reputation.

    • msg333 3 years ago

      Without Melky though the Giants would’ve had to beat the Braves in the wildcard game to get into the playoffs

  11. Kent Kimes 3 years ago

    Please look up the definition of unique – something can’t be more unique than something else – i.e. I’m more one-of-a-kind than you are? You mean distinctive or rare.

  12. The Giants won’t be interested unless Posey is ok with it. He sets the tone for the clubhouse and was visibly angry with how Cabrera handled the situayion.

  13. ZAK 3 years ago

    My HUGE suspicion is that Melky was using in KC as well. So when you throw out these last 2 seasons even those who argue the BABIP isn’t affected can’t argue he’s that extraordinary, it falls to under .290. The argument for Melky is that he’s a pure contact hitter but the juice had something to do with that without a doubt imo. His K/BB ratio is a better indicator and even on juice it was over 2:1 and about that for his career- without much power.

    So the question remains can he do it without the juice? Will he try to get around the testing as Verducci’s article in SI points out is a rampant problem. Will he try to do the “new” rigorous training that supposedly made him better these last 2 seasons and if he does will he be able to hack it without the juice which was obviously allowing him to recover from the intense workouts? All of these questions make Melky a big risk as a starter, bigger than the Giants can really afford imo.

    • ice_hawk10 3 years ago

      steroids help you make contact??

      • ZAK 3 years ago

        Testosterone; boosts eyesight and increases muscle memory to start with. Some users like FP Santangelo have said their best gain was the eyesight improvement- so yes, it would help you make more, better contact.

  14. Behavioural issues aside I think that Melky would be perfect for the Jays. A switch hitting, good on base hitting top of the order bat to fill a position of need for a reasonable price and short term…He would look great hitting second and maybe pushing Lawrie down in the order in more of a RBI role. I would support the signing although it would be a bit of a PR disaster for Toronto considering the issues we had in 2012 with Yunel and company. Beggers can’t be choosers and I think this would be a smart signing.

    • ZAK 3 years ago

      Be careful with the OBP. His K/BB ratio was terrible in KC, nearly 3:1, and his OBP .339. If he’s not raking he will get pitched to and the K’s will go up again, as well the OBP will go down significantly.

      • melonis_rex 3 years ago

        He hasn’t had an OBP below .300 even pre-breakout, and even pre-breakout, except for that year in KC, his BB/K rates haven’t been that bad (he’s not disciplined but he’s not King on everything).

        • ZAK 3 years ago

          1 year of OBP higher than KC and there’s a good chance he was on juice there in 2011. He doesn’t take BB so you’re relying on him to hit his way on base and he’s less likely to do that now than he was in KC.

          If his game is about OBP and he doesn’t take BB, has declines in power, than a 2:1 K/BB ratio isn’t going to cut it.

          • melonis_rex 3 years ago

            BABIP means less for a hitter than it does for a pitcher (although his 2012 one will probably regress, PEDs or not).

            he doesn’t do one thing really well or at an elite clip, but he’s a decent but not great corner outfielder who’ll come cheap.

  15. Z.... 3 years ago

    I felt like the Mets, Braves, Reds, Rangers, O’s, Blue Jays, Tigers,Indians were the only fits for him. The Braves wont go down that road again, and I’m not sure a couple of those teams would want to do something there. I honestly thought he would end up with the Mets

  16. cano24 3 years ago

    The Yankees would be dumb to not look into him for one year in RF (after they can be sure he won’t get further suspension from MLB for the website stuff).

  17. LazerTown 3 years ago

    If I was the Yankees I’d look to bring him back for 1 year. I don’t think he is really as good as he was this year, but I think he is better and cheaper than hunter will be. Need to keep your options open if you don’t want to spend on swish or hamilton.

  18. No roids, no stick!

  19. Sarah Warvi 3 years ago

    I think the Giants are going to resign him.

    • ZAK 3 years ago

      Based on this article i don’t. If there’s 5 teams willing to bid on him the Giants are going to have the lowest offer most likely. They’re definitely not going to outbid anybody for exactly the reason that he hasn’t really been seen off juice for some time and they know enough to likely know if he was using in KC.

    • northsfbay 3 years ago

      It is possible the Giants sign Milkey. The Giants won’t comment on Milkey. So it is unknown at this time.

  20. Sarah Warvi 3 years ago

    And he was prolly already on testosterone in 2011.

  21. Devon Henry 3 years ago

    Great fit for the tigers. A guy that can be put into the 2 spot or number 5 providing some protection.

  22. Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

    Andruw Jones 2.0?

  23. Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

    Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco.

  24. ZAK 3 years ago

    Make it 3.0- they’ve already got Crawford.

  25. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Andruw was good once upon thoug. Melky has just had 1 good season so far.

  26. Matt Johnson 3 years ago

    yes because that is exactly what the Diamondbacks want. A #3 SP, a average RP, and a prospect. Great thinking.

  27. letsgogiants 3 years ago

    Ugh. You know, capitalizing words does not make your point anymore convincing,

  28. Runtime 3 years ago

    Yes, but that was before they were known cheaters.

  29. wasnt Juan Pierre 3.0?

  30. Runtime 3 years ago

    Possession of steriods are legal in Canada, yes.
    However, the act of buying/selling is illegal.

  31. East Coast Bias 3 years ago

    Then how would one obtain said legal steroids? By stealing them, legally?

  32. Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

    Yes, because they called Canseco the “Godfather” of steroids because nobody knew he juiced in baseball.

  33. safari_punch 3 years ago

    They went after Man-Ram just last year.

    But to clarify I was referring to the quality character guys they target (Stroman, Jeffres, Escobar, Rasmus, etc.) under Anthopolous.

  34. Runtime 3 years ago

    Perscription. I went to high school with a kid who was had them because he had growth issues.

  35. OhthePossibilities 3 years ago

    Christmas gift from someone with a prescription.

  36. Guest 3 years ago

    To me it’s just like the broken real time comment updating system that won’t take away the new comment shown- ignored.

  37. Jason_F 3 years ago

    Melky’s 2011 wasn’t too shabby.

  38. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Right, but .305/.339/.470 is decent but not spectacular like 2012.
    Andruw has some very very good years, even hit 50 hr a season before, and he was a terrific defender in center.

  39. Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

    I’m saying Andruw 2.0 because, The year MLB started drug testing tougher for steroids was the year Jones was signed by the Dodgers and hit below .200.

  40. ZAK 3 years ago

    But there’s good reason to think Melky was juicing in KC at least for some part of the year as well. He had never been close to 200 H prior to that and he’d been out of mlb for a time since 2010.

  41. LazerTown 3 years ago

    If some sources are to be believed steroids are pretty rampant in MLB still. The newer steroids disappear from your system pretty fast, so to get busted you have to be juicing all the time, or unlucky, and thats not even the worst, nobody knows if you only get caught one time. I figure alot of players are juicing to get that big contract, and then they don’t need it once they get the big deal, not to mention that they could lose money later. This probably is part of the reason we see players not live up to their big contracts.

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