During the Q & A portion of the Blue Jays' State of the Franchise event last week, the second-last question, from multiple season ticket holders, was directed toward general manager Alex Anthopoulos:

We're interested in learning about the dialogue and consideration process behind the ultimate decision to invest in Melky Cabrera, who's been banned for 50 games due to high levels of testosterone, and R.A. Dickey, a 38-year-old man.

While Anthopoulos quickly addressed the topic of Dickey's age, he offered a lengthier reply regarding Cabrera. Although he touched mainly on Cabrera's 50-game suspension, Anthopoulos did add one simple nugget for these season ticket holders that should have stood out the most.

We believe he can help us win games, and that's the number one criteria.

Whether Cabrera plays like he did for the Giants this past season or the way he did during his time with the Yankees, he'll help the Blue Jays win in 2013. Not only will Cabrera bring stability to left field for Toronto—he averaged 144 games per season prior to his shortened 2012 campaign—but in any capacity, he represents an upgrade at the position, one that has been awful offensively for the last two years and far from elite in five of the last six.