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53 Melky Cabrera LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/208 | Birthdate: 8/11/1984 | Birthplace: Bajos De Haina, DR | Bats/Throws: S/L | Team: Toronto | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 95/87 | Average Draft Position: 201.24
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Manager not surprised by Melky Cabrera's hot start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told MLB Network Radio Thursday that he's not surprised by outfielder Melky Cabrera's hot start. Cabrera is batting .325 with four home runs through nine games.

"The swing looks like it always has," Gibbons said. "He had his off field issues, but one thing he can always do is hit."


Melky Cabrera should produce, even if homers trail off


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4/9/2014) With home runs in four straight games, Melky Cabrera is quickly quieting down his skeptics. There is still good reason to doubt Cabrera as a potential 30-homer threat, but that doesn't mean he can't provide enough power to help owners in virtually any Fantasy format.

Cabrera doesn't hit all that many flyballs; in fact, he has launched only seven through his first eight games. He has managed to clout three of those for home runs (along with one of his nine line drives), and clearly, he can't keep that pace going. Cabrera showed moderate home run power in his breakout 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Royals and Giants, respectively, and 21 of his 29 homers from that period occurred away from his pitcher-friendly home parks.

So Cabrera has shown that, in a good power-hitting environment like the Blue Jays' Rogers Centre, he has the potential for 20-to-25 home runs. More important, he is showing that his extra-base power has returned, now that he has recovered from surgery to remove a spinal tumor. Prior to his recent home run streak, owners could have had reasonable concerns that a post-PED Melky would have depleted power, but that's a harder claim to buy into now. Cabrera's home run pace is surely due to slow down, but he could return to the 40-doubles club, even though he has yet to hit one this season.

Cabrera's doubles power and low strikeout rate make him valuable in points leagues, while hitting in front of Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion provide him with run-scoring opportunities that give him Rotisserie value. Toss in 20-plus home runs, and suddenly, Cabrera looks like a must-own option again.


Melky Cabrera swats third homer in as many days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera launched his third home run in as many games on Sunday against the Yankees.

Cabrera took starter CC Sabathia deep for a solo home run in the opening frame. He finished 1 for 5 with one run and one RBI in a 6-4 defeat. He has a hit in each of his first seven games, slashing .323/.323/.613 with three homers and three RBI in 31 at-bats.

Melky Cabrera moves into leadoff spot for Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) With Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (hamstring) on the disabled list, outfielder Melky Cabrera moved into the leadoff spot Tuesday against the Rays.

In 126 career games hitting leadoff, Cabrera is batting .279 with a .348 on-base percentage and .729 OPS. He hit leadoff 37 times last season, batting .293 with a .337 on-base percentage and .731 OPS.


Report: Melky Cabrera in good shape heading into 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is in good shape as he recovers from surgery late last season to remove a tumor on his spine, according to the National Post, which is further reporting that John Gibbons expects him to return to full health and form in 2014.

Cabrera was a major disappointment in his first season with the Jays in 2013. His batting average not only dropped from his 2012 high of .346 to .279, but he managed just three home runs and 30 RBI and lost 50 games to a PED suspension.


Melky Cabrera has tumor removed


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed from his lower back last Friday, MLB.com reports. The tumor was near his spinal cord. 

Already ruled out for the rest of the season due to a strained left knee, this was a scary situation for Cabrera. The 29-year-old is expected to be ready for spring training. 


Melky Cabera likely to miss the rest of the season


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, MLB.com reports.

Cabrera has been out with a knee injury since Aug. 1. Doctors discovered an issue with the meniscus that doesn't appear will require surgery, but is likely to cost him the rest of the season. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he wasn't sure if Cabrera would return, but "probably not."

Cabrera hit .279/.322/.360 in 88 games for Toronto.


Melky Cabrera not expected back before September


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, on the disabled lust with a left knee injury, is not expected to return before September, manager John Gibbons told MLB.com Friday.

"I wouldn't expect him back before September, that's all we really know," Gibbons said. "There was a question of whether they were going to need to scope it to clean it up, but they didn't need to do that. Now it's just resting it, healing up."

Melky Cabrera avoids suspension


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera was not one of the players suspended by MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis clinic. 

Cabrera served a 50 game suspension last season after failing a drug test. There was no evidence Cabrera had used after his suspension. Cabrera is hitting .279/.322/.360 in 344 at-bats. 


Report: Biogensis discipline handed down


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) FOX Sports reports among the players accepting 50-game suspensions for their connection to the Biogenesis investigation are Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin , Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, Astros reliever Sergio Escalona, Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos, Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez and free-agent pitcher Jordan Norberto.

The report also states Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal and Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will be dealt no additional discipline. Also, no violations were found against Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.


Melky Cabrera has meniscus issue, needs further testing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera's MRI came back late Friday night and showed issues with the meniscus in his left knee. While the extent of the injury is not yet known, he is heading to Florida to undergo further testing and develop a timeline for his recovery, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Blue Jays awaiting Melky Cabrera's MRI


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera underwent an MRI Friday on his left knee, as the team is attempting to determine the extent of the injury that landed him on the disabled list this week.

Though there were reports earlier in the day that Cabrera had been diagnosed with a torn meniscus, that was the result of general manager Alex Anthopoulos being misquoted, according to MLB.com. The results of the MRI are not expected back until Saturday, and the Jays should have a timetable for Cabrera's possible return once they receive them. 


Blue Jays place Melky Cabrera on 15-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) The Blue Jays announced after Thursday's loss to the Angels that outfielder Melky Cabrera has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee strain. He was removed from Thursday's game after going 0 for 1 with a walk.

Cabrera has hit .279/.322/.360 with three home runs and 30 RBI in 344 at-bats.


Melky Cabrera exits game with troublesome knee


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera left Thursday's game against the Angels due to irritation in his knee, the team announced. Cabrera, who sat Tuesday before making a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game, was 0 for 1 with one walk Thursday.

Melky Cabrera rests weary legs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera missed Tuesday's game at Oakland in order to rest his sore legs and not due to a trade, MLB.com reports. 

Cabrera has been playing through discomfort in each of his legs since the beginning of the season. It has affect his outfield range and his power at the plate but it doesn't figure to go away anytime soon. 

"Melky's still not running very good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "In the games we have fly-ball guys like [Mark Buehrle], they have to flag them down out there. We're looking for wins, man, they have to flag them down. He might be moving a little better than he was, but he's still not moving very good."


Blue Jays shopping Melky Cabrera


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) The Blue Jays are shopping outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to USA Today.

Cabrera has failed to live up to his lofty 2012, and is hitting .281/.322/.363. While Cabrera is on the block, FoxSports.com reports Emilio Bonifacio is the most likely Blue Jays player to be moved. 


Melky Cabrera with three-hit game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera recorded three hits during Sunday's 2-1 win over the Astros. Cabrera doubled and singled twice in the game. 

The No. 2 hitter for Toronto finished 3 for 4 and didn't score or plate a run. He's batting .284 on the season. 

The 28-year-old Cabrera has hit in four straight games and nine of his last 10. That said, he has just two RBI over that 10-game stretch with just two extra-base hits -- both doubles. 


Melky Cabrera out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is not in the starting lineup Thursday.

Cabrera will be replaced by Rajai Davis in left. Cabrera is hitting .277/.320/.357 in 325 at-bats. Cabrera has started the last four games.


Melky Cabrera drops in the rankings


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2013) As you may remember, Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was with the Giants at the time, served a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test last year. Was his affiliation with the Biognesis clinic responsible for that failed test? Nobody knows as of yet. Would it prevent baseball from punishing him a second time? Again, nobody can say for sure.

But seeing how abruptly Ryan Braun's season ended because of his affiliation with Biogenesis, it's pretty clear Cabrera's future is in jeopardy.

And considering he hasn't really stood out from what's available on waivers in most leagues anyway, I see no reason to take the optimistic approach with him. If he's doing you some good now, fine. He's playing now, so you might as well hold on to him. But if you've been hesitant to part with him because you've been holding out hope he'll eventually restore what he lost last year, I'd say that's a lost cause at this point. I now rank him only 62nd among outfielders.


Melky Cabrera starts after DL activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera (knee) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and immediately put in the lineup against the Rays. Cabrera hit .364 (8 for 22) with one home run and three RBI in seven rehab games (Class A, Double-A, Triple-A).

"This is the best it’s felt in a long time," Cabrera said of his knee, according to Sportsnet.ca. "I worked hard to be in this shape and I feel good now."


Melky Cabrera starts Triple-A rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Buffalo Friday night as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Cabrera finished 1 for 3 and is expected to return to Toronto in the near future, according to MLB.com.

"The reports I've gotten are that he's running better," manager John Gibbons said. "I'm not sure if he's running like he used to, but he's definitely better."

Melky Cabrera hitless in Tuesday's rehab game


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera was hitless in a rehab game Tuesday for Double-A New Hampshire. He is just 3 for 13 (.231) in four games since beginning his rehab assignment.

Cabrera is expected to return to the Blue Jays Friday. He has been out since June 27 with a knee injury.


Melky Cabrera homers during rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a home run during a rehab game Monday.

Cabrera went 2 for 3, with a two-run shot during the game. He managed to play seven innings in left before he was lifted. Cabrera is hitting .278/.321/.362 in 309 at-bats. Cabrera is hoping to be back Friday. He's been out since late June with a knee injury.


Melky Cabrera will move rehab to Double-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is scheduled to move his minor-league rehab assignment to Double-A New Hampshire Monday, according to Sportsnet.ca. Cabrera will play rehab games at Double-A until Wednesday before likely returning from the disabled list in time for the club's first game back from the All-Star break Friday.

Melky Cabrera starts Class A rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera (knee) began a minor-league rehab assignment Friday night with Class A Dunedin.

Cabrera, who batted second and served as the designated hitter, singled in the sixth inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in his rehab debut. Cabrera could return shortly after the All-Star break.