Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera

White Sox GM says Melky did the time for his crime, so lay off

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source: AP
Melky Cabrera

Fun fact: while many of the baseball writers you know wring their hands over PED guys in baseball, actual baseball people are pretty realistic about it and, it seems anyway, don’t really care all that much.

Take Rick Hahn, White Sox GM, and his comments about Melky Cabrera and his PED past:

“No one condones what he did, but we are talking about a mistake that he made and took ownership for and showed honest remorse about from three seasons ago,” Hahn said. “He’s already gone through the understandable and deserved public scrutiny, and has not hidden from his past actions.

“Frankly, I respect the fact that he accepted and served his penalty and lived with the consequences and has done his best to put it behind him. Obviously, (the MLB drug) policy allows for not only the suspension and the punishment, but also the redemption. Melky has performed at the highest level on the other side of this issue, and we’re optimistic he’ll continue to perform at that level going forward.”

 

I’m sure someone, however, will tell us that we have no idea what to expect from Cabrera going forward given his sordid past.

In other news, go read the story at that link, which talks about how the White Sox changed their offseason plans and decided to chuck their previously agreed-on budget precisely because fans got excited when they started signing guys last week. Interesting stuff.

Melky Cabrera turned down a four-year offer to join the White Sox

Melky Cabrera
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The White Sox interrupted everyone’s Saturday night with a late signing of outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year, $42 million deal. It was shocking as the White Sox hadn’t been considered front runners for Cabrera’s services, but it continued what has been a rather busy off-season on the South Side.

Also surprising: Cabrera was offered a four-year deal from an unknown team, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He turned it down to take the three-year deal from the White Sox. Could it have been the Mariners, who reportedly offered Cabrera a three-year contract on Friday? The Orioles, Mariners, and Giants were other teams hot on the Cabrera case.

White Sox expected to trade Dayán Viciedo following the Melky Cabrera signing

Dayán Viciedo
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The White Sox will trade outfielder Dayán Viciedo “for sure”, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY writes. With a starting outfield that includes Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, and newcomer Melky Cabrera, Viciedo no longer has a regular role for the team.

The Mariners, who lost the Cabrera bidding to the White Sox, could pursue Viciedo. It would be no consolation, as Viciedo has put up slightly below-average numbers over the past three seasons, batting an aggregate .250/.294/.425 with 60 home runs and 192 RBI in 1,579 plate appearances. Since the start of the 2012 season, only four outfielders (min. 1,000 PA) have been less valuable than Viciedo, according to FanGraphs.