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Report: Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera

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The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract, according to an ESPN report Friday.

Cabrera was having a monster year for the San Francisco Giants in 2012 until he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in August and was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball. At the time, he was hitting .313 with 11 homers and 60 RBI and had 13 stolen bases.

The World Series-champion Giants could have added Cabrera to their postseason roster but chose to leave him off.

Cabrera, a switch hitter, came to the Giants from Kansas City, where he hit .305 with 18 homers and 87 RBI in 2011.

His addition could add to a Blue Jays lineup bolstered through offseason acquisitions that include shortstop Jose Reyes.
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