Being caught for using performance enhancing drugs is something no professional athlete wants to have on their resume, especially the year before one becomes a free agent hoping to sign a huge multi-year deal worth millions of dollars.
That is exactly what happened to Melky Cabrera in 2012. Fortunately for the Phillies, this may work to their advantage this offseason.
Cabrera was having an MVP-type of season before his suspension and will be a risk for any team going into 2013.
Will he be able to put up those kind of numbers without the additional testosterone in his system?
Only time will tell.
To play the devil's advocate, Ryan Braun, who went through a similar type of situation in 2011, came back strong in 2012 to put up MVP numbers once again.
The most important thing about bringing Cabrera to Philadelphia is the potential to add a MVP-type of player for a low price.
So is it worth it to bring Cabrera to Philadelphia?
I'd say yes, especially with the Phillies not knowing what they are going to get out of Domonic Brown in 2013. Or if Darin Ruf will be able to make the transition to the outfield.
An outfield that consists of B.J. Upton, Melky Cabrera and Darin Ruf sounds a lot better to me than Juan Pierre, John Mayberry and Domonic Brown.