February 15, 2013
Alex Anthopoulos did due diligence on Melky Cabrera
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says he did his homework before inking Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal. Cabrera was suspended for 50 games last season for using PEDs. (Reuters)

DUNEDIN, FLA. - If anybody has a question about Melky Cabrera, there’s a very good chance Alex Anthopoulos has already asked it.

He’s not prepared to share all the answers but he’s clear on one thing: Before they signed Cabrera, coming off a 50-game PED suspension, the Blue Jays did exhaustive research.

“The feedback we received when we started digging with former teammates, staff, employees with other clubs, if it hadn’t been so overwhelmingly strong, we wouldn’t have even gotten involved at all, no matter how talented we think he could be or how much he could help us win games,” said the Blue Jays GM Friday.

“The reports were so strong in that respect, then at the same time you see what happened — that certainly is a big mark — but everyone had such good things to say about him."



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