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?