When baseball suspended Melky Cabrera for elevated testosterone in mid-August, many assumed he would receive only a one-year deal as a free agent.
That assumption was wrong.
Cabrera, 28, agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, according to a major-league source.
The deal, which is pending a physical, marks another dramatic move by the Jays, who are expected to finalize their 12-player deal with the Miami Marlins on Friday or Saturday.
The Jays likely will use Cabrera as their starting left fielder, with Colby Rasmus in center and Jose Bautista in right. Rajai Davis will remain an extra outfielder.
Emilio Bonifacio, one of the players coming to Toronto from Miami, is expected to be a super-utility man, spelling Maicer Izturis at second, Jose Reyes at short and Brett Lawrie at third, and possibly Rasmus in center.
The Jays, who are assuming nearly $160 million in their trade with the Marlins, also could make additional moves to pare salar...