All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera reached an agreement with the Blue Jays on a two-year contract worth $16 million Friday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The 28-year-old Cabrera was leading the National League in hitting at .346 for the Giants when he drew a 50-game suspension Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test. Cabrera asked to be removed from consideration for the NL batting title, feeling it would be a tainted crown.
The deal is pending a physical, the person told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. ESPN Deportes first reported the agreement.
Cabrera hit 11 homers with 60 RBIs in his lone year with San Francisco. The Giants didn’t put Cabrera on their postseason roster, even after he became eligible at the start of the NL Championship Series.
Hunter deal finalized
The Tigers finalized a two-year, $26 million deal with outfielder Torii Hunter. Hunter hit a career-best .313 last season for the Angels with 16 home runs and 92 RBIs. Acquiring a corner outfielder was a major offseason priority for Detroit. General manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement that Hunter will be a ‘‘tremendous addition to the Tigers’ organization both on and off the field.’’ . . . The Athletics traded pitcher Tyson Ross and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones to the Padres for infielder Andy Parrino and pitcher Andrew Werner. Ross was 2-11 with a 6.50 ERA with Oakland last season, while Kirby-Jones hit .248 with 21 homers and 69 RBIs for Class A Stockton. Parrino batted .207 with one homer and six RBIs in 55 games and Werner went 2-3 with a 5.58 ERA in eight starts with San Diego.
Games at Alamodome
The Alamodome in San Antonio will host baseball for the first time when the Rangers and Padres play two exhibition games there March 29-30. To prepare the Alamodome, AstroTurf will build a 133,000-square-foot custom field . . . St. Louis is adding a new retro jersey to wear next season at Saturday home games. The new jersey, an off-white color with red piping along the collar and down the front, will read ‘‘St. Louis.’’ . . . Chuck Hernandez was hired as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins also announced the hiring of Rob Leary as bench coach. Leary was an assistant on the Red Sox staff in the 2010-11 seasons.