July 23, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) at bat against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning at AT

Before Suspension, Giants Were in Talks to Give Melky Cabrera $75-$85 Million Extension

Giants fans, you can breathe a lot easier now.

It may be hard to fathom at this point, but the Giants were in talks to sign outfielder Melky Cabrera to an extension worth around $75-$85 million before he was suspended for using PEDs, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Cabrera hit .346 with 11 home runs in 113 games with the Giants last season before testing positive for performing-enhancing drugs in late August, and was suspended 50 games by MLB.

Cabrera led the majors in hitting at the time of his suspension. He was a fan-favorite during his time in San Francisco, and even had his own support section (the “Melkmen”).

But everything came to a screeching halt when it was announced one August afternoon that he had been suspended for PEDs. Fans and writers across baseball were angered, and Giants’ supporters felt guilty and betrayed that one of their superstars had cheated his way to success.

Instead of the lucrative contract he could have received, Cabrera signed a modest two-year, $16 million deal with the Blue Jays.

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  • Baily Deeter

    I’m not sure about breathing easier. I thought Melky was a great fit in SF and wasn’t affected much by PEDs (lots of line drives).

    • goldenbaysports

      PEDs don’t only help you hit home runs. It’s “performance enhancing,” not “power enhancing.” Seems pretty obvious that PEDs helped Melky.

      • Baily Deeter

        Right, but a lot of his hits were well-hit line drives that he saw well and hit well. I don’t agree and I think the .295 average that he is projected to hit (by the Bill James Projection System) would benefit the Giants a lot.

        • goldenbaysports

          I don’t think the Giants would have wanted to bring back a proven PED user regardless (*see Barry Bonds). And I don’t think the fans would have liked it either.

          • Baily Deeter

            You make a good point there, and while they are reasons why the Giants wouldn’t want to, I think the stats help portray a picture of how well he did. He won’t hit .250 just because he doesn’t have drugs, and I think a .300 hitter is a guy the Giants would LOVE in their lineup.