Outfielder Melky Cabrera, suspended in August for using performance-enhancing drugs and left off the Giants' postseason rosters, agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, according to ESPN Deportes.
Cabrera, 28, was having a career year with the Giants before being suspended 50 games on Aug. 15 for testing positive for testosterone, a banned substance. At the time, Cabrera led the league with a .346 batting average and also had 11 home runs and 60 RBIs.
Cabrera was popular among Giants fans, spawning the "Melk Men" craze and being voted to the All-Star game, where he was the MVP. But the Giants were upset that Cabrera initially lied about his positive test and then left the clubhouse without addressing teammates.
Cabrera's situation became more complicated when it was revealed that he had attempted to blame the positive test on a substance he got from a website that turned out to be fake.
Given the option to bring Cabrera back for the NLCS and the World Series, the Giants passed. They will see him next year, however -- the Giants play in Toronto in May, and the Blue Jays visit AT&T Park on June 4-5.
A's: The A's traded right-hander Tyson Ross and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones to the San Diego Padres for left-hander Andrew Werner and infielder Andy Parrino.
Ross, drafted out of Cal in the second round in 2008, went 6-18 with a 5.33 ERA in three seasons with the A's. Kirby-Jones hit .248 with 21 home runs at Class-A Stockton last season.
Parrino gives the A's a potential option at shortstop. The switch hitter batted just .207 in 116 at-bats with the Padres last season, though he hit .328 in 235 at-bats at Triple-A Tucson.
Werner went 2-3 with a 5.58 ERA in eight starts after an August call-up.
Braves: Free-agent catcher Gerald Laird has agreed to a two-year deal with Atlanta after hitting .282 as a backup for Detroit last season.
Berkman hopes to play: Lance Berkman, 37, hopes to find a team for next season, saying he isn't ready to retire despite recent injuries.
Last week, Berkman visited with his original team, the Houston Astros, who are seeking a designated hitter as they join the American League West.
"It was kind of a state of the Astros meeting," Berkman told mlb.com. "There was absolutely no discussion of me signing a contract."
Wire services contributed to this report.