Russell Martin signing likely takes Blue Jays out of the running for Melky Cabrera

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The Blue Jays made headlines earlier today after signing catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal. The signing, ESPN’s Buster Olney writes, likely takes them out of the running for free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

As Olney notes, the Jays sacrificed a draft pick to sign Martin, but in the event Cabrera signs elsewhere, they’ll gain a pick to make it more or less a wash.

Cabrera, 30, had a fantastic 2014 campaign for the Jays, batting¬†.301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI. He easily ranks among the top free agents in this off-season’s class. The Mariners are interested in Cabrera and will certainly be happy to hear that the Jays are likely out of the picture.