Toronto Blue Jays: Melky Cabrera Signed to a 2-Year $16 Million Contract

Stephen Brown@@the__ste (Double Underscore)Correspondent IINovember 16, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 7: Melky Cabrera #53 of the San Francisco Giants reacts to being thrown out at third base against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 7, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Early reports have stated that Melky Cabrera has signed a 2-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. This definitely shores up one of the last holes in the Blue Jays' roster.

So what does this do for the Blue Jays?

They had a big hole in left field with only Rajai Davis set to play everyday on the roster (possibility of Moises Sierra but he could definitely use another half season in AAA).

More importantly, I believe that the Blue Jays had a huge hole in the five spot in the batting order. They really needed another bat to complement Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.

In comes Melky.

Melky (suspension) aside is a talented hitter and could easily step into the number two or number five spot in the batting order. Wherever he fits in I believe Brett Lawrie will take the other spot. Another excellent thing that the Melky does is bring in another switch hitter. With Lawrie, Encarnacion and Bautista all right handed hitters, Melky can come in and switch up the order.

So what do we get with Melky?

At best, we get an unofficial batting champ from 2012 (.346). We get a switch hitter who does not strike out much and puts the ball in play (which is an excellent complement to speedsters like Davis, Bonifacio and Reyes). He can also steal you 20 bases or so, showing that he is no slouch in that department.

He also scored over 100 runs for the Royals in 2011.

He is the ideal player that the Jays needed. Not a masher by any means but easily able to hit 20 HR at the Rogers Centre. His best asset is the fact that he puts the ball in play and (barring his suspension) would have had two straight 200+ hit seasons.

Excellent signing, Alex Anthopoulos. He also has a lot to prove and I think he will be hungry to show that his statistics weren't all due to his suspension for testosterone.