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.