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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