Although my investment wasn't significant, I've been having fun with the Melky Cabrera story this year. He's been a frozen-rope machine and a five-category roto contributor. His .346-84-11-60-13 line has him ranked as the No. 6 outfielder in the Yahoo's fantasy baseball game.
On Wednesday afternoon, the music stopped. The happiness ended. The milk isn't clean.
Major League Baseball slapped Cabrera with a 50-game suspension Wednesday, in response to him failing a PED test. Assuming Cabrera can't appeal or delay this suspension in any way, his roto season is now over. The Giants have just 45 games remaining on their schedule.
And it doesn't sound like Cabrera is denying the charge in any way. "My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," he told MLB.com in a statement. "I am deeply sorry for my mistake."
There's no obvious roto winner from the remaining San Francisco roster. Gregor Blanco, a routine fourth-outfielder type, might be pressed into a left-field role. Brandon Belt (who's been terrific in August and is widely available) could slide to left field if the Giants can get their hands on another first baseman. There's always the waiver trade market, I guess.
If you're in a medium mixer and need an outfield grab, here are some options (all in the 18-31 percent gap): Carlos Gomez (category juice is groovy), Garrett Jones (two positions, terrific of late), Rajai Davis (run run, reindeer), Jon Jay (blistering lately), Todd Frazier (versatile and likable), Starling Marte (looks like he belongs), Lorenzo Cain (comment sold separately) and Belt, of course.
If you need to go in the 11-percent and under range, here are some deeper names: David Murphy (fun in Texas), Eric Young (hopefully Cuddyer return doesn't muck it up), Alexi Amarista (handy at three spots), Norichika Aoki (getting leadoff time), Travis Snider (just five percent owned, a stunner), Jordany Valdespin (super athlete), Scott Hairston (useful when he plays) and Justin Maxwell (Houston still counts).
This is a fresh and developing story, and with that, I'll update this blog during the day as more information is available. For the moment, I'm just sad. I was enjoying the Melkman story. I wanted to believe it was legitimate. To be honest, I never doubted it.
Charge me with an error if you like. It won't be the first one.