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MLB execs think Phillies and Mets will try for Melky Cabrera

Oct 28, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

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Melky Cabrera‘s impending free agency should be rather interesting. The 28-year-old outfielder posted a spectacular .346/.390/.516 slash line with 11 homers and 60 RBI in 113 games this season for the Giants, but that was before he got busted for PED use and then tried to dupe MLB authorities by funding the construction of a fake supplement website.

The general consensus is that Cabrera will have to settle for a one-year “prove it” deal to reestablish his value in the league. Now it’s a matter of finding out which teams will be open to giving him a shot.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with several major league executives who guessed that the Mets and Phillies will be in the running this winter. There’s also a belief that the Giants might try to re-sign Cabrera because Angel Pagan is set to hit the open market and could command something hefty.

The Yankees can probably be ruled out because Melky won’t want to be a part-time player.

Cabrera, a native of the Dominican Republic, owns a .284/.338/.414 career batting line.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    No way do the Mets do that.

    • dondada10 - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      If you remember from when the Wiplons weren’t broke, agents love to use the Mets to drive up the price.

  2. thesmedman - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Phillies should resign Victorino, or pursue Josh Hamilton, or try and trade for Curtis Granderson.

    • Gardenhire's Cat - Oct 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Why stop there? The Phillies, or any team of that matter, could really use a player like Mike Trout.

  3. nogoodtomedead - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    As a Giants fan I’d be happy to re-sign Melky to the one year ‘prove-it’ deal with a second year as a team option, since although I like Blanco as a bench player I wouldn’t want to see him as the everyday left fielder and there aren’t any intriguing prospects in the farm. However- if other teams want to get involved and are going to drive up the price AT ALL, they can have him. Its too bad- I was loving me some Melky this year before all the B.S. with his suspension and the following shenanigans.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I’d rather have Hamilton

    • kkolchak - Oct 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      People in hell want ice water…that don’t mean they get it.

  5. stex52 - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Melky is a reasonable gamble for a one year contract – maybe with an option. You will have to consider that he will catch hell on the road and factor in how you think he will handle that. But it’s not supposed to be a strong free agent year. Someone will take the dive.

  6. ebonyoro - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    As a Giants fan it’s obvious that we did better without him. Let him go to the next idiot bidder

  7. beast2727 - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Mets would be World Series favorites with melky for sure

  8. hondoheaven47 - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    This is actually a perfect idea for the Mets. Apparently the Mets ownership will not be willing to spend significant money until Bay and Santana are off the books next winter (I believe Bay’s total remaining salary including buyout is 18M, and Santana’s is something like 30.5M). In 2012, the Mets’ outfield was horrible. Why not take a chance that Cabrera’s numbers were not simply testosterone-fueled mirages? Taking flyers on questionable players is one of the few ways to improve on the cheap. Right now the outfield looks horrendous with Bay in left, nobody in center (Nieuwenhuis?) and Duda in right. Even a shadow of Cabrera from the last few years is better than any of these guys.

  9. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    He’ll get the website up early this time!

  10. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Melky and the mets sounds like a match made in heaven.

  11. smcgaels1997 - Oct 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Giants will sign him for 1 yr.. If other teams want to drive up his price? Forget it

  12. thebadguyswon - Oct 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    It will never happen. Move on. These is just make-believe bullshit anyway. The Mets aren’t signing any free agents.

  13. gregbeau - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    I’d be shocked if the Giants sign him. He apparently wasn’t real popular among his teammates.

    • greymares - Oct 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      WHY NOT ? I GUESS HE WOULDN’T SHARE.

  14. bozosforall - Oct 29, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    I hear that the Red Sox have money to spend. And we all know how they love them some PED users. Manny and Ortiz being just two examples.

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