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Miguel Cabrera says he’ll move back to third base to accommodate Prince Fielder

Jan 24, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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Miguel Cabrera began his tenure with the Tigers as a third baseman in 2008, but he was quickly moved across the diamond after committing five errors in the space of just 14 games. However, he’s preparing for an unexpected move back to the hot corner now that the Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract.

Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press, here’s a translated version of what Cabrera told Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes:

“I will come back to the third base, which is my natural position. The arrival of Fielder will benefit us.”

Our own Matthew Pouliot already wrote a thorough takedown of the proposed plan earlier this evening, so I’ll just say the Tigers’ infield projects to look like the opposite of this.

  1. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Oh this is killing all the NBC ND, Yankee, Red Sox elites out east! I might actually watch Detroit now……when they beat NBC’s boys in the playoffs again.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Too easy, too helpful, too team-oriented. Clearly, Cabrera has learned nothing from watching Hanley Ramirez.

  3. SmackSaw - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    He’ll be closer to the Tiger dugout. He can keep a coupla slices and a brew on the top step. Can you imagine him and Fielder at the buffet table? The rest of the team will starve. No one will want to ump third. Cabrera will actually have to exert himself, the farts will be atrocious. They’ll have to of the fattest players not playing softball in Detroit. When they’re both on the field, the GM Building will tilt 10 degrees to the East.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Has there been any instance ever seen or noted about either of these men eating a large amount of food? Like, a picture of them with a ton of food, or a comment about overeating.

      I know big people that are vegetarians and vegans, on good diets. Some people are just big.

  4. lyon810 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Is he drunk!?!

    Hypothetically, who will be worse at 3B this year: Miggy or Trumbo?

  5. vincentbojackson - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    With the lineup they have now they won’t need to play any defense.

  6. b7p19 - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    A true team player would not accept a move like this.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      So no Cabrera for MVP next year?

  7. Gordon - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Just bunt down each line all day.

  8. rhandome - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Hahaha yes, I’m sure that a fat first baseman with nonexistent range will make the switch to 3rd just fine.

    • cmutimmah - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Cabby played well at first this past season… He’s also trimmed down since he last played 3B for the Tigers. It might not be the complete abortion we are all expecting…

  9. whittle79 - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Look at all you haters !
    They have the best pitcher in baseball !
    With 2 of the best hitters !!

    • Mark - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      When did the Tigers acquire Roy Halladay?

  10. okwhitefalcon - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    I can see it now, Prince and Miggy doing the sumo strut converging as they come in on a bunt.

    • Old Gator - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      That’s the least of it. The Tigers play in the shadow of GMC, and now they have the only pair of corner infielders in baseball who run on caterpillar tracks.

  11. brianbowman16 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Man do I love watching all the spurned fans of the other teams that were rumored to be THIS CLOSE to signing Prince flipping out. it shows the intelligence of these wonderfools when all they have to say is ‘uh, Miggy and Prince are fat, and uh they are so fat, uh, they look really fat’.

    Frankly, i could give two sh*ts about their weight. When they each hit 35hrs, .300 average and drive in 120 runs, i am SURE the 12 year olds who are so clever with their fat jokes will be REALLY mad!

    Next leap of the creature these idiots will SURELY talk about how slow they run.

    “being stupid is only a curse if you have no intention of breaking away from it”

  12. ballparktourist - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    I’m sure all of you making fun of these guys for their weight are prime physical specimens who also play pro ball.

    • Old Gator - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      On the other hand, since Fielder and Cabrera are among the very few morbidly non-prime physical specimens playing pro ball, and can’t very well be expected to criticize themselves, even though it’s a dirty job we understand that someone’s got to do it..

      Incidentally, since none of these so-called safety experts and journalists and families of victims of the Costa Concordia ever commanded a multi million ton ocean liner before, they all ought to shut up and stop making fun of poor Captain Schettino, right?

  13. jason1214 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    OK Miguel…………..and I’ll starting dating Scarlett Johansson.

  14. frug - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    That’s so nice of Cabrera to offer to move back to the position he didn’t want to leave in the first place…

  15. jason1214 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    @brianbowman16

    Brian they are not “fat”, they are just incapable of playing any other position with any semblance of competency, hence why Miggy hasn’t played 3rd base regularly since his Marlin days. Prince wouldn’t be playing baseball if it wasn’t for 1st base.

    I pray for the sake of Detroit’s pitchers, Miggy gets in better shape and moves to LF, cause I have a hard time seeing this IF as a whole as anything more than below average defensively.

    • brianbowman16 - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:08 AM

      i have read way more than one post regarding how this is an awful deal because of the defensive liability of those two on the corners, STRICTLY because of their weight.
      What people fail to realize is, defense up the middle is generally the most critical to a team. 2nd base shortstop catcher and centerfield are generally regarded as the core of the defense. Leyland (and MANY others) has said that if the defense up the middle is strong, then you can live with it being not quite as strong on the corners.
      The thing that REALLY irritates me, is the people that are bashing the living hell out of Miggy’s defense at 1st are people who CLEARLY haven’t seen him play, and have no f**king clue about how much he has improved over there since he came over. They check their little iphones and see how people rate according to sabermetrics and all that sh*t but have NEVER watched a Tigers game. all they see is Miggy is a big dude so he CAN’T POSSIBLY be a decent defender.

      Also, Miggy was moved to 1st because Inge was WAY better defensively, but now Inge can’t hit over the Mendoza line so they probably figure it’ll be a difference of 8-12 runs defensively at 3rd and Prince will MORE than make up for that.

      • jason1214 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        Brian, you are rather sensitive about this issue. I’m not disrespecting or making fun of non slim people. I’m simple saying Miggy’s defense at the hot corner will affect the pitching staff. You just proved my point by saying Miggy was moved to 1st because Inge was better defensively.

  16. pisano - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Personally I don’t care what they do with Cabrera, but he needs to go on a crash diet or he’ll wind up in traction trying to field balls at third base. The guy needs to drop at least 40+ lbs. Someone line him up with lap band asap.

    • Old Gator - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      Maybe the infield crew can help him out by laying a few feet of packed sand and gravel across the foul line and basepath – you know, like when they move one of those giant stripping shovels across a highway….

  17. lionsplayoffs - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    It’s not like we’re flush with alternatives. Would you rather watch Miggy boot a few grounders and bat .330, 35, 140 or watch Inge’s overrated glove boot less and hit .200 with no power?

  18. bbk1000 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    It should be fun to watch their defense. Three bunts down the line, either line, bases loaded.

  19. nuyoricanz - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Don’t get too excited yet Tiger fans_ you have to win something first before you start slinging all that trash talk

    Remember the so called Dream Team…

    • brianbowman16 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      um evidently you haven’t been paying attention. all the NON Tigers fans are the ones with the trash talk

  20. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    So, aside from Verlander, who exactly is going to be pitching you to the World Series, Detroit? I foresee many 10-8 games coming this season….

    Prediction: second place in the AL Central, no playoffs for you

    • brianbowman16 - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:33 AM

      I take it you aren’t a Tigers fan. Because we have 1 God-like pitcher in Verlander, a VERY GOOD number 2 in Doug Fister and a number 3 in Max Sherzer who is better than 85% of the number 2’s out there. I am pretty sure the pitching will hold up just fine.

      Oh, and my bold ass prediction is Porcello finally gets consistent and his era gets under 4 and he will win 15 this year. Goin up against mostly other teams 4’s will be a shot of confidence for him

  21. wlschneider09 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    The bunts will be ineffective, because as Cabrera and Fielder come rushing towards the plate their combined gravitational pull will prevent the runner from reaching escape velocity, pinning him hopelessly in orbit around the both of them.

    • midranger - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Very adult like comment

  22. akbrownsfan - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    2 words

    Weight watchers

  23. panealvino - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Is there any reason Detroit couldn’t rotate Cabrera between 1B/3B/DH and Fielder between 1B/DH with Inge filling in at 3B in situations where defense on the left side is more important, and then, when V-Mart’s back, to prepare HIM to play 3B? Are his knees that bad that he couldn’t man 3B better than Cabrera?

    In any case, I envision Leyland moving players around between positions like an NL club.

    I have to think Detroit has some plan: remember the Tigers teams of the early 1990s with Cecil Fielder, Rob Deer, and Micky Tettleton? They hit a lot of homers but didn’t win a lot and weren’t that fun to watch. I hope they aren’t headed that way again.

    • brianbowman16 - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      Those Tigers teams of the 90’s had absolutely no pitching whatsoever. Now we have a VERY good staff, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing any resemblance to the those teams

  24. foreverchipper10 - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    John Olerud!

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