Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Blue Jays acquired another big time hitter in Melky Cabrera Thursday, signing the PED-maligned batter to a two-year, $16 million deal.
After acquiring the big contracts of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, the Jays’ offseason spending spree continued this week by adding Cabrera to their increasingly fearsome roster.
According to a report by ESPN Deportes.com correspondent Enrique Rojas, Cabrera only needed to pass a physical to finalize the deal.
Cabrera captured a World Series title with the San Francisco Giants last season but didn’t have an at-bat in the postseason.
The MLB slapped Cabrera with a 50-game suspension after the outfielder was found out using the banned substance testosterone.
Prior to his suspension, Cabrera had a productive season in leading the National League in hits (159) and placing second in batting average (.346) just behind teammate and newly-crowned NL MVP Buster Posey.
Cabrera also collected 11 homers, 60 RBIs, and 84 runs and nabbed the All-Star MVP in his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.