NEW YORK - The busy Blue Jays struck again Friday with their latest big deal: Melky Cabrera is set to join them in his return from a drug suspension.
The free agent outfielder and MVP of last season's All-Star Game reached an agreement, pending a physical, with Toronto on a two-year contract worth $16 million, the Associated Press reported.
Also this week, the Jays got All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from the Marlins in a blockbuster trade that could involve a dozen players. The trade is pending league approval and physicals.
Toronto has not reached the playoffs since winning its second straight World Series in 1993 and often has been stuck behind the big-spending Yankees and Red Sox in the American League East. After going 73-89 last season, the Jays have made quite a splash in the offseason.
Cabrera, 28, 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.
He later asked to be removed from consideration for the batting title, feeling it would be tainted if he won. A rule change in the number of required plate appearances for the championship allowed teammate Buster Posey to win at .336.
The Giants didn't put Cabrera on their postseason roster on the way to winning the World Series, even after he became eligible at the start of the league championship series.
Cabrera hit 11 home runs with 60 RBIs in his lone year with San Francisco. He hit .305 with 18 homers and 87 RBIs the previous season with Kansas City, then was traded to the Giants.
TIGERS LOCK UP HUNTER: Detroit finalized its $26 million, two-year deal with outfielder Torii Hunter. Hunter, 37, hit a career-best .313 last season for the Angels with 16 homers and 92 RBIs. Acquiring a corner outfielder was a major offseason priority for the club. Hunter won nine straight Gold Gloves from 2001-09 before gradually switching from center to right.
TRADE: The A's sent right-hander Tyson Ross and minor-league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones to the Padres for infielder Andy Parrino and left-hander Andrew Werner.
BRAVES: Catcher Gerald Laird, 33, was signed to a two-year deal as a backup to Brian McCann, who had shoulder surgery last month and could miss the first month of this season.