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Dave Dombrowski mum on Miguel Cabrera’s assumed shift to first base

Dec 1, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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Following the blockbuster trade that sent first baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers and second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers, everyone on the planet simply assumed that Miguel Cabrera would move over from third base to first base while prospect Nick Castellanos would take over at third. It makes sense, as Cabrera was becoming statuesque in the field due to a groin injury.

Not so fast. Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News, “We are not prepared to answer that question yet.” The question, of course, being “will Miguel Cabrera move to first base?”

Ostensibly, Dombrowski was unwilling to commit to the idea because the Tigers have various ways to amalgamate Cabrera, Castellanos, and Victor Martinez into their lineup, including ways that leave Cabrera at third base. But reports out of Venezuela say that Cabrera informed the organization that he is open to moving back to first base, which would presumably be less physically taxing and thus extend his career a bit longer. The Tigers are, after all, considering signing Cabrera to an extension before his contract runs out in 2015.

  1. disgracedfury - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    What’s the secret?We know he is going to go to first base.

  2. paperlions - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Why announce or decide anything? If healthy, he can at least stand at 3B, and if the extra bat you get in the lineup that is a bigger offensive upgrade than net defensive downgrade, then why not just maintain the flexibility of playing him at 3B or 1B or DH?

    • spudchukar - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      “At least stand at third base”, uh… how is that different than his normal play?

      • paperlions - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:34 PM


  3. rbj1 - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Announcing the move now, with Castellanos uncertain about playing 3b or OF would simply drive up the free agent or trade market price. Yankees might have a third base man they’d be willing to part with for a bucket of balls.

    • 2dmo4 - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      We don’t want that purple lipped bastard.

    • xjokerz - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM


  4. xjokerz - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Tigers could still be in the bidding for Carlos Beltran

    Vmart has 1 year left on his contract…

    i could see a infield of.. Miggy at 3B / Kinsler 2B / Iglesias SS / 1B Vmart Dh/ Beltran.

  5. pwshrugged - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    All I need to read is “The Tigers have various ways to amalgamate into the lineup” and I feel better than I did last year. Lineup flexibility seems pretty novel after the last couple years.

  6. historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Work on the bullpen, dammit!!!!!!

    • stex52 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      No kidding! Lots of talk, but nothing about your biggest issue.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Why are they putting so much effort into things that did not cost us the WS? Sigh.

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