Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger last night diving back into first base. He’ll undergo season-ending surgery, which understandably has the 10-year veteran thinking about next season.
The Jays can extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, and if he rejects, he can become a free agent. It sounds like Cabrera is already leaning towards a return, according to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm:
“I love the city of Toronto, I have great teammates, a great club,” Cabrera said. “This was the club that gave me the opportunity after I got in trouble a few years ago [with a 50-game PED suspension] and I want to stay.”
In November 2012, the Blue Jays signed Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal despite his having been suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Cabrera had a poor 2013 showing, due largely to a benign tumor on his spine. He bounced back and had a great 2014 season, posting a .301/.351/.458 slash line with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 621 plate appearances.
Cabrera turned 30 on August 11, so there would be some interest in his services if he were to make it into free agency, but the draft pick compensation attached to him — assuming the Jays make a qualifying offer — might temper the market as it had for Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales, among others.