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As has been obvious for months, basically, Melky Cabrera simply can’t play adequately in the outfield right now, and while the play above was the cherry on top of the giant pile of shit, it’s his legs that have been his undoing. The Jays, mercifully, have stopped trying to hump the dream that he’s passable, placing him on the DL following tonight’s disaster in Anaheim, and calling up Neil Wagner to help ease a bullpen that once again needed to clean up a turd of another kind, which came again from the arm of Josh Johnson.

With a $16-million contract and a two-year commitment to play left field, it’s not like John Gibbons has had much choice but to run Melky out there this year, but with his legs– and the season– in the condition they’re currently in, it’s clearly become untenable.

Maybe it always was– the Jays starters’ second-worst-in-the-league ERA can’t have been helped by poor defence too often at a few too many positions, though their second-worst-in-the-league FIP suggests it’s more down to the pitchers– and certainly they’ll have to reconsider what to do with him next season, as he’s looked far more like a DH than an outfielder this year. And maybe not even that!

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Ahh, I said to myself, why the hell not go with yet another Melky post, on this a strange day in which we actually are allowing ourselves, for lack of anything better going on, to believe that there’s a possibility someone would actually want to take him and his contract?

So… here we go, because the Jays’ lineup against the A’s has been posted and tweeted out by the media hordes (including @ShiDavidi, who provides the image above), and… no Cabrera.

Dun dun dunn…

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I’m not sure this is necessarily a good thing, actually, given the reintroduction of “payroll parameters” into our vocabulary and the fact that the Jays aren’t playing for anything anyway, and could probably use getting an extended look at either Anthony Gose or Kevin Pillar in left field, but in today’s big piece on A-Rod and the Biogenesis mess at CBS Sports, Jon Heyman suggested that the possibility of additional punishment for Melky Cabrera, and others who have already served suspensions, is “remote.”

MLB is working with all the affected players and appears likely to suspend or have an agreement to suspend the other Biogenesis-linked players who have never previously been suspended for 50 games, though it’s remotely possible one or two others could get more than 50. Word is, though, that three players on the Biogenesis dockets — Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal — aren’t expected to be punished further as they are apparently considered to have done their time with suspensions served for failed tests in 2012.

He doesn’t entirely close the door on a suspension for Melky, but that’s about as good a bit of news (y’know, for his wallet) as we’ve heard on the subject. It makes sense, too, I think, given that Ryan Braun, who was such a massive target of MLB’s investigation, only got 65 games. Melky, were he to be suspended under the league’s drug testing policy, and not through whatever magical powers of the commissioner Braun had extra games tacked on for, and A-Rod appears to be running headlong into, would have been looking at a 100 game absence, which seems a bit disproportionate, right?

I don’t know. Sounds like we don’t have to worry about it, and that Melky will be safely patrolling (read: standing statue-like, then feebly running like your arthritic grandmother) in left field for the months to come.  Or, y’know, until sometime in August, because– despite what the rumour mill will tell you– I have a hard time believing anyone is actually interested in Cabrera’s contract at this point, so it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to move him in August, should the club so choose and a sucker come a-calling.

Which… actually is harsh, because I really still do believe Melky is a whole lot better than we’ve seen. He was always going to regress at least a little, but what we’ve seen– exacerbated by the hamstring issues, I truly want to believe– has been pretty fucking ridiculous. Find a taker for Adam Lind before tomorrow and Cabrera can be my DH next year real easy. Which… I don’t even know anymore if that’s just stubbornness or what. This season sure has fucked with the ol’ ability to trust in ones assessments, hasn’t it?


So much for the silence, as Ken Rosenthal tweets that a source tells him that… well… you read the headline. And you’re about to read the tweet:

Rosenthal adds:

I’d think that would be a whole lot easier part of the sell than the fact that he, y’know, kinda sucks. Right?

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A fresh report from T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of says that suspensions related to the scandal surrounding Tony Bosch and his BioGenesis clinic, in which Melky Cabrera has been implicated, may be very shortly in the offing:

Commissioner Bud Selig’s office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week’s All-Star break, several sources told “Outside the Lines.” As OTL reported, MLB started building cases against the players last month after Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators.

I wrote about the possibility of Melky not being protected by the notion of double jeopardy last month, and it certainly still seems plausible, given the way MLB intends to go after the big fish, Braun and Rodriguez.

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Those of you who were sad to see Munenori Kawasaki go when the Jays dropped him to make for Jose Reyes to rejoin the club for Wednesday’s finale in Tampa have got your wish– albeit at the expense of Melky Cabrera’s bat and creaky legs.

The plucky Japaneeeeeeeeeeese crowd-pleaser has been recalled by the Jays, while the ailing left fielder has (presumably) been given the order to rest for at least a couple of weeks, so that we all can get a break from the searing hamstring pain we feel when watching him attempt to run the bases or play the outfield.

Don’t believe me? BOOM:

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The primary focus of the latest twist in the BioGenesis story has been the implications it may have for Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, two true superstars in the game who have, so far, escaped punishment for any alleged PED usage, despite the pungent stink of ‘roids taint that surrounds their every step. I suppose it’s understandable why that’s the angle most explored, but to me, and I would assume to every Blue Jays fan, by far the most fascinating thing is how Melky Cabrera, and others who served 50-game suspensions that ended his 2012 season, has continued to be listed among those potentially facing punishment.

Melky, quite rightly, certainly believes that the matter should be closed, telling Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today following yesterday’s game in San Francisco that “I don’t know anything about it. This is the first I hear of it. If they suspend me again, I think that would be a harsh punishment because I already served my sentence. But it’s up to them. I believe I’ve already served my sentence, especially missing the playoffs. That’s what hurt me the most.”

That’s precisely where Alex Anthopoulos was at during Spring Training, telling Jayson Stark of, “My understanding is there’s no issue. My understanding is that, as of today, we really don’t have anything to be concerned with. He served a suspension and right now, that’s it. His suspension has been served.”

As of today– an Anthopoulos classic that gives just enough of a speck of daylight for things to change dramatically without him ever having been technically wrong on the issue. And wrong he still might be, unfortunately.

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