Blue Jays acquire Melky Mesa, open possibility of two-Melky outfield

Melky Mesa, a former Yankees farmhand, is the newest member of the Blue Jays.
Melky Mesa, a former Yankees farmhand, is the newest member of the Blue Jays. (USATSI)

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With regular center fielder Colby Rasmus out indefinitely due to a hamstring problem, the Blue Jays made a minor trade on Monday to add some depth at Triple-A:

The trade, of course, opens the possibility of a two-Melky outfield in Toronto. Melky Cabrera is the regular left fielder and Melky Mesa has experience in all three outfield spots. Both players were originally signed out of Latin America by the Yankees too, though they never played on the same time at the same time.

Mesa, 27, was hitting .284/.346/.527 with five home runs and one stolen base in 23 games for Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate before the trade. He played in eight games for the Yankees from 2012-13, going 6 for 15 (.400) with two doubles. I assume he will report to Triple-A.

As far as I can tell, Cabrera and Mesa are the only two Melkys in baseball history. Cabrera's first name is actually Melky, though Mesa uses it as a nickname, short for Melquisedec.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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