If the 12-player blockbuster trade Alex Anthopoulos orchestrated earlier in the week didn't convince you the Toronto Blue Jays are (finally) serious about winning, Friday's news that Melky Cabrera is coming to Canada will.
ESPNDeportes.com reported that the Blue Jays have signed the offensively gifted Cabrera to a two-year, $16-million deal. It could be speculated with tongue firmly planted in cheek that Anthopoulos had to fill his time waiting for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to approve the Jays' blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins this week. So, the Jays GM went out and got another piece to a puzzle that — Selig willing - will also bring shortstop Jose Reyes along with starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto.
Cabrera was believed to be a top contender for the 2012 National League MVP award and hence, en route to a much larger payday as a free agent this winter. That got derailed when the 27-year-old tested positive for testosterone in August, was suspended for 50 games and was reduced to spectator status for the San Francisco Giants' amazing race to a World Series championship. Prior to his suspension Cabrera was leading MLB with 159 hits and second in batting average at .346.
His imminent arrival at the Rogers Centre will give the Jays an opening-day outfield of Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus.