Could the Phillies sign Melky Cabrera?

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury said the Phillies might make a run at the outfielder who was suspended for PED use.

The Philadelphia Phillies need an outfielder, so should they take a chance on Melky Cabrera?

Cabrera was having a career year before he was suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs this season. He served a 50-game suspension and never made it back to the Giants, even though they could have activated him in the postseason.

Still, Cabrera might be a good fit, writes CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury:

For teams that value makeup, character and public image - as the Phillies do - Cabrera is a doubly tough call. The guy not only cheated, but he was part of an extensive, fake Internet cover-up scheme that caught the attention of Federal authorities. Major League Baseball continues to look into the matter.

Salisbury wrote that Cabrera is "a risky investment."

With the Giants in 2012, Cabrera batted .346 with a .906 OPS in 113 games. In eight years in the major leagues, Cabrera is a .284 hitter with a .752 OPS.

Cabrera had a breakout year in 2011 with the Kansas City Royals. He batted .305 with 18 home runs while playing every outfield position.

The 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has spent each of the last four seasons with a different team.

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