CHICAGO: Former drugs cheat Melky Cabrera, who was slapped with a 50-game ban in 2012 for testing positive for testosterone, officially agreed to a multi-million dollar contract with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
The 30-year-old Dominican Republic outfielder reportedly signed a three-year deal worth $42 million.
“Melky provides us with a professional hitter, who reaches base on a consistent basis,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday.
Cabrera spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, batting .301 with 16 homers, 35 doubles and 73 RBI in 139 games in 2014.
In 1,211 Major League Baseball games over 10 seasons, Cabrera owns a .286 batting average with 88 homers, 236 doubles and 520 RBI.
Cabrera’s 2012 season with the San Francisco Giants came to an abrupt end after he failed a drug test. Cabrera admitted using a banned substance.
Cabrera is one of a number of MLB players who have been welcomed back into the game after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds, who has become the poster boy for drugs cheats in American baseball, has been working with the San Francisco hitters on a part-time basis. AFP