First, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera took testosterone which led to a positive drug test and 50-game suspension. Then, he was part of an unsuccessful scheme that included a fake website in an effort to avoid the suspension.
Cabrera is going to pay for choosing to take a banned substance in more ways than just missing games. If the Giants don’t offer the 28-year old a contract extension he’ll hit the open market as a free agent after this season. At the time of his suspension Cabrera led MLB in hits, had the second highest batting average, and was putting himself in line for a pretty decent payday. That won’t happen now. The news of his PED use will cost him millions.
As San Francisco’s most productive hitter for the majority of the season Cabrera’s bat will be missed in the lineup and if the Giants don’t make the playoffs fingers will be pointed in his direction. There’s also the All-Star Game MVP he won last month, which doesn’t seem as good now as it did then.
Prior to last year’s breakout season Cabrera was an okay player who had been traded by the New York Yankees, released by the Atlanta Braves, and traded again by the Kansas City Royals. The impressive 155 games Cabrera put together in 2011 plus the 113 to start 2012 had many thinking he was finally realizing his potential. Or not.
Those consequences aren’t enough for former NL Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe, who feels a more severe punishment is in order. He went into details on the Michael Kay Show.
Well. Alright then.
H/T Rant Sports for the audio