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A person familiar with the negotiations said the free agent outfielder and the Blue Jays have reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $16 million. The deal is pending a physical, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
ESPN Deportes first reported the agreement Friday.
Toronto has not reached the playoffs since winning its second straight World Series in 1993, and has often been stuck behind big spenders in the AL East. After going 73-89 this year, the Blue Jays have made quite a splash in the offseason.
Cabrera later asked to be removed from consideration for the NL batting title, feeling it would be a tainted crown _ a rule change in the number of required plate appearances for the champion let Giants teammate and eventual NL MVP Buster Posey win at .336.
Cabrera made his major league debut in 2005 with the New York Yankees and stayed with them until being traded to Atlanta after the 2009 season.
The Blue Jays had their share of sluggers _ Edwin Encarnacion hit 42 homers and two-time home run champ Jose Bautista hit 27 _ but didn’t score at an exceptional rate.
Toronto averaged 4.42 runs per game last season, slightly below the AL average.
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