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Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera to two-year, $16 million deal

The Canadian Press

11/19/2012 9:31:32 PM

TORONTO -- The good news keeps coming for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera has signed a two-year deal with the Blue Jays worth US$16 million, the club announced on Monday.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approved a major 12-player deal between Toronto and the Miami Marlins just a few hours before Cabrera's deal was official.

The Blue Jays got all-star shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle as part of the deal with the Marlins.

The 28-year-old Cabrera was leading the National League in hitting at .346 for the San Francisco Giants when he was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone text.

Cabrera had played 113 games for San Francisco before his suspension. He had 25 doubles, 10 triples, 11 home runs, 60 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases in that span.

The Giants didn't put Cabrera on their post-season roster on the way to winning the World Series.

The six-foot, 200-pound switch-hitter has appeared in 984 career games with the New York Yankees (2005-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2011) and San Francisco (2012). He's posted a .284 average with 69 home runs and 417 RBIs over eight seasons.