DENVER -- Though his reputation is stained and his robust stats over the past few seasons are now subject to question, Melky Cabrera [stats] could be just the ticket for the Marlins when they go looking for lineup help in the offseason.
The Marlins probably won't be throwing wads of cash around like they did last December, and Cabrera -- a pending free agent -- could come at a bargain for, say, a one- or two-year deal. The Giants outfielder all but shot himself in the wallet (and the foot) when he received a 50-game suspension for PEDs, and instead of a four- or five-year deal that might have been worth more than $50 million when he hits the free agent market after the season, he'll likely be looking at much less than that.
Cabrera has played all three outfield positions, but his suddenly majestic offensive numbers over the past two seasons in Kansas City and San Francisco must now be judged with a a high amount of skepticism. Were they inflated artificially? Or, is it also possible that his improvement resulted from his maturation as a hitter? Or, could it be some combination of both? He's only 28, swings from both sides, and put up solid numbers in a pitcher's park. Did I also mention his .314 average with runners in scoring position this season?
The Marlins had interest in Cabrera during his Yankees years. Given the weak market for looming free agent hitters, should the Marlins give Cabrera another look when he hits the market?
The Marlins placed infielder Nick Green on the 15-day disablied list (retroactive to Aug. 13) for a sprained left thumb, transferred outfielder Logan Morrison (knee) to the 60-day DL, and selected the contract of infielder Gil Velazquez [stats] from Triple A New Orleans.