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The Giants and Melky Cabrera put contract talks on hold

Aug 8, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Back in May the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Giants and Melky Cabrera would try to talk about a contract extension this summer. Jon Heyman reports, however, that those talks are now on hold.  Unless they’re resumed between now and October, Cabrera will hit free agency.

Melky is having a career year, hitting .353/.399/.530, leading the league in runs and hits.  He turns 28 in three days. He’s certainly worth an extension of some kind, even if it’s not realistic to assume that he’s going to be a .350 hitter year-in-year-out.

  1. randall351 - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    You know what happens when you make an assumption, Craig?

  2. goawaydog - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    This is not the second coming of Rowand. Pay the Man!

  3. randygnyc - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Late bloomer. This man will receive a fat contract, from the Giants or elsewhere. Too bad he wasn’t interested in being a star while playing for the Yankees. Nonetheless, I wish him well.

    • nyyankeefanforever - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Sounds to me like he could be now.

  4. smcgaels1997 - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Typical Sabean move. Actually makes a great trade..but not extending him now (he’s worth it) and allowing him to hit FA Will cost them more when he has other suitors (he will). Is there any move that this guy can do that makes sense? Gives away Wheeler for Beltran then lets him walk…then get Cabrera for Sanchez in a steal.

  5. dizoakiusmaximus - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Come on RAJ, snatch him up.

  6. randygnyc - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Melky will be looking at 5-6 years @15 million per year. I don’t think the Giants are going to want to pay him his $90 million dollars. This may be his only chance to cash in. It’s delusional to think he’s gonna sign a 3 year deal at 10 million per year.

  7. baseballisboring - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    I really think someone is gonna make a mistake on him this winter, whether it’s Sabean or someone else. Certainly some of the improvement is real, but I think he’s muchhh closer to the .305/.339/.470 hitter we saw last year than the .353/.399/.530 hitter he’s been this year. He’s not walking any more than usual, he’s not striking out any less, and his .390 BABIP is 80 points above his career average.

    So if you have a corner outfielder with average on base skills, some pop, and maybe average defense…is that really worth $5/75? Or anything really close?

  8. nineroutsider - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I guess I didn’t see him enough before this year, but he flat out can hit and very much looks the part. I’m amazed at his previous struggles in NY and ATL. I don’t blame the Giants for not opening the wallet all the way for him though given his past. He was good in KC though and he turned a corner it seems doing it 2 years in a row, so don’t low-ball him too much. Just get a fair deal, no more no less. He likes it here and is good in our clubhouse, much better than Beltran so get’er done Sabes!

  9. Francisco (FC) - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Wait, didn’t we say last year he was having a career year? And that he was supposed to regress? Now we’re saying LAST year is his normal? Those goalposts sure do move.

  10. mgflolox - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    I think the only reason Sabean hasn’t already offered him a 5yr/$100mil deal is that he’s not over 30 yet (at least as far as we know).

  11. kwf1224 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    If the Giants want to be good next year, they need Cabrera.

  12. brianbosworthisstonecold - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Pay the man!

  13. xmatt0926x - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Bourn ans Melky. Two players who will be real long-term gambles this offseason. I almost think Melky is the safer bet. How many more seasons will Bourn’s speed hold up? I’d take each of them for four seasons. But six?? Hmmmmmm.

  14. jjfi689 - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    He’s certainly worth an extension of some kind…

    Why dont you stop posting all together?

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