Why Melky Cabrera's PED Suspension Has a Silver Lining for San Fancisco Giants
Cabrera's presence will certainly hurt the team. As we have seen, though, don't count the Giants out yet with the loss of Cabrera.
Whenever a team gets hit hard like the Giants did with Cabrera's suspension, there's a positive side. Cabrera will be missed, but there is a silver lining for the Giants amid Cabrera's suspension.
No Contract Distraction
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Melky Cabrera was in line for a huge contract after his breakout year.
Contracts can often be big distractions for players and teams. Although Cabrera and the Giants said they wouldn't discuss a contract extension until after the season, these things can find their way back into the media.
With the Giants in the playoff hunt, the last thing that needs to be discussed is contract negotiations.
Cabrera's suspension eliminates that distraction.
Players Must Step Up
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A concern with Melky Cabrera's suspension is that players will feel pressure.
This can be a good thing, though, especially with the playoffs nearing. Players now must step up their game with Cabrera's presence out of the lineup.
This pressure will force the team to feel an early playoff-like atmosphere.
Both hitters and pitchers have already taken the challenge head on. Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Joaquin Arias and Angel Pagan have already shown they can handle the pressure.
Invest Money in the Team
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Melky Cabrera lost between $70 and $85 million with his PED suspension.
The Giants could very well have been one of the teams paying big to sign Cabrera to a long-term deal. Now the Giants can invest with an in-house option.
The saved money can go toward locking up Buster Posey.
Posey is an MVP candidate that has done nothing but shine in his short career in San Francisco. The Giants must sign him long-term soon, and this saved money could very well go to Posey.
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The Giants can also look to upgrade their team through free agency with their saved money.
The only outfielder that is coming back for the Giants is Hunter Pence. There are some quality outfielders that will hit free agency and seem to be players fitting for the Giants' money.
Some that could be serious options are Nick Swisher, B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino.
All four of those players would certainly help the Giants. Brian Sabean can look at all of his options now that he won't be cashing a big check for Cabrera.
Re-Sign Melky Cabrera?
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Could the Giants take the risk of re-signing Melky Cabrera?
It's definitely a possibility. The contract will not be the hefty one that Cabrera was in line for, but the Giants could certainly sign him to a one-year contract.
Cabrera will have to take whatever anybody gives him.
He will be on the hunt to prove he is the player he was in his huge 2012 campaign. Signing Cabrera to a cheap, one-year contract is not that big of a risk for the Giants.