The 2012 season sure went south with a vengeance for Melky Cabrera, didn’t it?
Following an incredibly auspicious start to this year’s campaign, MLB suspended Cabrera for 50 games due to violation of the Joint Drug Program between owners and the players’ association. He had tested positive for testosterone.
The suspension occurred when Cabrera led the National League in hits and was batting .346 with the Giants. He was beloved in San Francisco by both teammates and fans.
He would have commanded a substantial multiyear contract as one of the top outfield free agents this offseason as well.
Now he must accept a considerably smaller deal—quite likely a one-year rental agreement in order to prove himself as a competent hitter without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs.
We must remember that perception is everything, and right now he is seen as a cheater with the audacity to try and cover it up (however pathetic that attempt was).
Even so, Cabrera is simply too talented with the bat and in the outfield for teams not to give him a shot.
Let’s take a look at the 10 MLB teams that could sign Cabrera this offseason.