Money For Nothing: Melky Cabrera Edition

For those who don't know, Money For Nothing is a wonderfully terrible John Cusak movie from the early 90's.  Look it up, watch it, live it.  But also realize this article has nothing to do with John Cusak or that movie.  Instead, we are talking about the formerly suspended, formerly great, formerly inspirational Melky Cabrera.  Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for PEDs, was not utilized on the San Francisco Giants postseason roster despite becoming eligible during the NLCS, and had little to do with the team's second-half run and their march to a World Series title.  But he's getting paid.

According to Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cabrera is due a full playoff share of bonus money and revenue per the rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Baseball has a revenue sharing system in place for playoff teams, and of course the team that wins the World Series get the majority of the money.  This includes Cabrera who could make upwards of $300,000 from his playoff share.


The rule that allows Cabrera a full share of the revenue sharing comes due to the fact that the union says a player will be due the full share if the team plays ten games after said player's suspension is served.  The Giants played 11 more after Cabrera was activated.

So while Cabrera brought shame to a proud organization (one that seems to have forget its most celebrated player, Barry Bonds, is so closely tied to steroid use he might as well have admitted it), he will make his money.  To be fair, Cabrera did hit .346/.390/.516.  So it wasn't like he took steroids and didn't produce.  But here's the take away: Take PEDs and get paid.  Unfortunately, there are some out there that will read between the lines and hear this message.

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4 Responses to Money For Nothing: Melky Cabrera Edition

  1. Well, if we can all forgive Michael Vick because "he served his time" why not forgive Cabrera? He followed the rules and served his time and really didn't do anything worse than many of the other players out there. he just got caught. He already got benched on one of the biggest series of his life, why add insult to injury and make him pretend he wasn't even on the team that won?

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    1. I get the comparison but the truth is Vick was not rewarded for his actions. He served two years in prison, literally lost all his money, and was out of the NFL. The Eagles decided to give him a second chance and paid him based on what he could do going forward. Melky Cabrera took PEDs and "helped" his team win games that led to the World Series. By giving him a cut of the playoff revenue sharing, it seems to justify the use of PEDs.

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  2. Right, but compare the wrong doing of the two. One guy did something that is arguably commonplace in baseball and served the requite punishment. The other guy viciously abused and murdered innocent animals for financial gain (albeit a gain he didnt need cause he was already rich...) So, ya, the punishment was more severe for Vick.

    But to say that Cabrera was rewarded for his actions and Vick wasnt is silly. Just because it took less time for Cabrera to cash in doesnt mean its anymore related to his crime than Vicks 100 mil over six years contract! one might even say that Vick cashed in even bigger. He only owed 19mil for his bankruptcy. after that everything is gravy.

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    1. I'm not sure I understand your argument now. Are you saying that Michael Vick's huge contract is in any way linked to dog fighting and the crimes he committed? Cabrera's $300,000 plus World Series share is directly related to his performance on the team - which was altered by PEDs. I think there's a clear difference here.

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