Cashman Unsurprised By Cabrera, Colon Suspensions
Brian Cashman wasn't surprised by the 50-game suspensions Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon are serving for failed drug tests.
"Unfortunately, not surprised," Cashman said when asked about his impressions of the news.
Colon played for the Yankees last season, while Cabrera was traded to the Braves after the 2009 season.
"You see some spike in performance," Cashman said. "You hope it's not the case, but you scratch your head and you wonder at the same time. But then you sit there and get a comfort level: Tests are taking place, so if people are passing their tests."
Cabrera had a .906 OPS before his suspension.
"When we traded him to Atlanta we had him as a low-end, everyday regular or an excellent fourth outfielder," Cashman said of Cabrera. "And that's how we show where we thought his ceiling was. As you know, he was starting for us in the World Series, but we had him as a low-end, everyday guy, not a National League MVP candidate. So I wasn't surprised."