Transmogrified Tiger wrote:
I don't understand why people think Melky Cabrera is good. He's only had 2 good seasons and those were followed by testing positive.
- Those years also correlate with his prime
- I'm not convinced that PEDs make up some huge difference in his performance
- He doesn't have to be a 4-5 WAR all-star to be a nice deal for what the Jays just signed him to.
It's just odd...I don't remember anyone giving him much hype coming into the bigs...in 4 seasons with the Yankees he had one pretty good season (his first) a couple of somewhat decent ones, bounced around with a year on the Braves, where he was below replacement, then went to the Royals and was suddenly a 4 win player, then to the Giants where he was on pace to be a 6-6.5 win player. Makes sense that his best years correlate with his prime of course, but its odd to see him have a below replacement level year in 2010, then all the sudden he's a 4 win player then a 6 win player. Then in the middle of the 6 win season he's busted for PEDs. You could be right that they don't make up a huge difference, who knows. But when you have a .373 slugging percentage the first 5 seasons in the bigs, and then suddenly become a .490 SLG player and test positive for performance enhancing drugs, it is probably at least debatable.
Lastly, the previous paragraph is pointless because I agree its a nice deal and he doesn't have to be a 4 win player for it to still be a nice deal.