Normally I ignore the 'player X came to camp in great shape stuff' but, in this case, I'm going to take any good news I can get:
Gibbons expects Melky Cabrera to be back to normal after surgery last yr to remove tour on spine. Reports say MC in good shape.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) February 20, 2014
More on Melky. Says he hasn't lost a lot of weight but turned what he had into muscle. Says he's in best shape of his life. #BlueJays— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) February 20, 2014
I really want to believe this, left field was a black hole for us last year (and the year before). Last year our left fielders hit .259/.309/.358, with 10 home runs. A healthy Melky would be a big improvement.
I have no idea what to expect from Melky. Offensively, he's the one I have no clue about. Zips has him hitting .290/.329/.433 with 12 home runs. After last year, I'd take that and be happy.
Melky is going to be the one I watch the most this spring. It is a big year for him, he's a free agent after the season and, if it goes like last year, I doubt he'll be able to find another major league contract.
What do you expect from Melky this year?