After being named to the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic's team in the World Baseball Classic, Melky Cabrera and Esmil Rogers have decided to bow out. The reasons of not seem to be injury-related, or for fear of getting injured. Instead, Cabrera and Rogers are not going to play in the WBC because they want to get to know their new Toronto Blue Jays teammates.
According to John Lott of the National Post, both Cabrera and Rogers have notified the Dominican Republic team that they will not be playing. The two have said they want to spend spring training with their new teammates. Even with Cabrera and Rogers deciding not to play, there are five other Blue Jays' players who have committed to playing in the WBC.
Cabrera signed with the Toronto Blue Jays after the San Francisco Giants let him walk. This, of course, came after Cabrera was busted for PED use and served a 50-game suspension. Cabrera was also recently linked to the Miami Clinic, Biogenesis, that allegedly had been distributing PED to players. Rogers was traded to the Blue Jays from the Cleveland Indians. The Indians received Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes.
Related: WBC news and updates.
Cabrera's offensive numbers jumped up dramatically over the last two seasons. He hit .305 in 2011. Then last year, Cabrera was hitting .346/.390/.516 when he was suspended. He was named the All-Star Game MVP last season. In his career, Cabrera is a .284/.338/.414 hitter.
Rogers has played four Major League seasons. In that time, he has hit .224/.224/.286. He's not exactly the type of player who will get a lot of playing time on the new Blue Jays rosters, but he has managed to play in 123 games between his time with the Colorado Rockies and the Cleveland Indians.
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