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Report: Melky Cabrera will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic

Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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Melky Cabrera was included on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic when it was announced last month, but he has apparently had a change of heart about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name from the tournament.

It’s certainly interesting timing, as earlier this week the Miami New Times identified Cabrera as one of the players who allegedly purchased performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogensis clinic in Miami, but it’s not known whether the situation had an impact on his decision. Soldevila’s report merely says that Cabrera wants to spend spring training with the Blue Jays.

Cabrera served a 50-game suspension last season after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. He signed a two-year, $16 million contract with Toronto over the winter and is expected to serve as the club’s starting left fielder this season.

  1. vallewho - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    “It’s certainly interesting timing”…why don’t you write what you mean???

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Did he find out that baseball is apparently prohibited by the Ahmish sect he has joined?

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Cabrera appears to have already been punished for the Testosterone that he allegedly received from the clinic.

  4. mybrunoblog - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    The thing that’s interesting is that the Blue Jays would give Cabrera $16 million. Assuming he plays PED free he will return to his Pre PED form and be a steady fourth outfielder. Hardly worth that type of $.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      To be fair, they signed him when they assumed he would be a typical Blue Jay signing, and before they realized how stupid Jeff Loria was.

      • jaysjunkie - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        They signed him after the Florida trade.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        You’re right….Even though I actually did check the dates, November 16th comes up for the Cabrera signing and November 20th for the trade….but the 20th was the date the trade was approved and had been agreed upon a week prior.

        My bad.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        I suspect that negotiations with Cabrera and the Marlins were going on at the same time.

  5. buffalo65 - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    8 million doesn’t buy anything in baseball. Melky is a steal at 8

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Really? Look at his numbers before he was using roids, thats the player you are gonna get and thats not a 8MIL a year player by “any” means.

  6. thegreatstoneface - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    …so, he’s the guy who showed up in Atlanta, rather than the guy who showed up in SF. that’s still a productive outfielder…

  7. canadatude - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    So, everyone has a stats crystal ball? Maybe a player just evolves and peaks in their later 20s. Cabrera isn’t needed as a power source for the Jays, but a contact hitter to move Reyes over and a guy to play decent defence. None of that is affected by drugs. Bautista has evolved into a bit of a power hitter. All he needed was an opportunity.

  8. Corethree - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    What does interesting timing mean? I don’t get it, but i’m a little slow at times.
    Did you just need one more line for your story?

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