The Blue Jays will make a qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera

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Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays plan to make a qualifying offer to impending free agent Melky Cabrera.

This year a qualifying offer is expected to be between $15 and $16 million. Cabrera is probably worth that, having hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI before his season-ending surgery.

Of course, there will be some people who will argue that anything he gets above minimum wage — like actual, federally-mandated minimum wage, not the veteran minimum — will represent the triumph of fraudulence or what have you. Indeed, I imagine Buster Olney’s column on the matter will be quite epic in this regard.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.