How would you like to get paid for something that you contributed absolutely nothing to? That’s the situation that Melky Cabrera finds himself in, as the San Francisco Chronicle dug through the union rules and found that Cabrera is, in fact, eligible to receive a full playoff share despite not playing in a single postseason game.
Here’s an excerpt that explains it all:
[Cabrera] spent 117 games on the roster this season, and he stood to make 72.2 percent of a full share. But an obscure union rule mandates a full share if a player’s team plays 10 games after the suspended player is eligible to be reinstated.
Cabrera was eligible to come back for Game 1 of the NLCS. The Giants chose to keep him on the shelf, but the team also played 11 more playoff games. And that triggers a full share for Melky.
Cabrera was suspended 50 games in August of 2012 for taking performance-enhancing drugs. At the point of his suspension, he led the NL in batting average, and had also won the MVP of the All-Star Game that took place in July.
Whiteside Claimed by Yankees
The New York Yankees claimed Giants’ catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers on Monday.
Whiteside played in just 12 games for the Giants this season and was 1-11. He was not on the postseason roster.