In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, former Yankee Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. The implications are disastrous for the Giants, who are currently a game behind the Dodgers in the NL West race, and a half game behind the NL Wild Card. Cabrera’s .346/.390/.516 triple slash will be sorely missed by a team in the middle of a playoff race. The test results won’t help the outfielder either. As Cabrera approaches free agency this offseason, the suspension could decimate his value as team’s will be wary of taking on a player with questionable makeup.
During the allstar break, I mused on a reunion between the Melkman and the Yankees. One of the underlying aspects of such a move would be consideration of his maturity. The Yankees have stated a number of times the importance they place on a player’s character, and Cabrera already has a history of poor work ethic with the Yankees. After some promising words from Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Long, it seemed as if he surpassed most of the questions about his makeup in 2012. Now, his admission to PED use changes that. While the questions on character manifest, his price tag plummets.
In my previous article on resigning Cabrera, I compared his 2009 season to his 2012 season. You’ll see that the swing has hardly changed, but the body type is much slimmer. Indeed, his athleticism has increased dramatically, but has synthetic testosterone been the sole reason he’s become one of the best players in baseball? Although it may appear so, correlation does not imply causation, as you’d be hard-pressed to find any significant scientific data that attributes PED usage to good baseball numbers. Cabrera’s rededication to his body and athleticism, as Rodriguez and Long point out above, likely plays an even bigger factor in his improvement. No one can argue that his transformation from one of the worst players in baseball to baseball’s hit leader, was individually due to juicing.
“From my experience,” Alex Rodriguez stated yesterday. “I saw where he made a statement that is always a good first step and sometimes the hardest, but I think he has an opportunity being a young player. That said, it is also going to be a challenge, and I hope he takes the bull by the horns and does great things. I am a believer, I am a friend and in times like this I will definitely not turn my back on him. I am here 100% to support him.”
In the end, the Yankees have a vacancy in the outfield, and Melky Cabrera needs a home in 2013. Some of his closest friends are in the organization, some of which have played with him throughout the majority of his professional career, and continue to train with him every winter, making him the player he is today. A reunion could even be romanticized. Some tough love from the organization that bred you allows you to realize maturation, but a tragic choice tarnishes your name. The teammates that reluctantly saw you leave, help train you and plead to the organization for your return, and now the team gives you a second chance.
But even more important, it makes perfect sense business-wise. A one year deal allows the Yankees to avoid a huge risk with an outfielder who likely has high upside, which does not play into a 2014 budget, and allows Cabrera to rebuild his value in 2013, in an extremely familiar environment, and on the biggest stage in baseball. Of course, any decision is months away, but the news makes a reunion much more interesting.
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