Melky Cabrera’s fantasy baseball owners must scramble for another option to fill in for the surprising star.
The MLB suspended the San Francisco Giants outfielder for 50 games following a positive drug test for Testosterone. The punishment, as announced on MLB's Twitter account, sidelines Cabrera for the remainder of the regular season, which means that his fantasy owners in re-draft leagues need to drop him.
BREAKING: Giants OF Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance.— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2012
The 28-year-old was in the midst of a phenomenal season, hitting .346 with 11 home runs, 13 steals, 60 RBI and 84 runs. That type of production across the board is hard to find.
In a season where Cabrera started the All-Star Game—where he earned MVP honors—and solidified his value before hitting free agency, the timing is devastating for Cabrera and the Giants.
But we’re not here to worry about the millions of dollars he lost as a pending free agent or how his reputation is forever sullied. We just need a player to add in his place.
Unless you play in a really shallow league, there’s no chance of duplicating his production elsewhere. There are, however, other solid players that can fill Cabrera’s role of offering decent numbers in all categories.
Here are some players who can help fill the void left by Cabrera’s suspension.