The Blue Jays will make a qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera


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.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”