Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just spoke with the media in Lakeland, Florida and said that Miguel Cabrera will be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training.
Here’s Dombrowski, courtesy of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:
“He’s cooperative and realizes he has an alcohol problem and he fell off.”
Dombrowski doesn’t have a specific timetable for Cabrera’s return, but he told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that he hopes to have a better feel for when he’ll be in camp by the middle of next week.
Interestingly, Passan reports that similar to Josh Hamilton, Cabrera’s agency SFX had someone who traveled with him in support last year. We can only assume that he didn’t have that same level of support during the offseason.
Cabrera’s rehabilitation is the most important part of this story, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote this morning that Cabrera is unlikely to be suspended for this week’s DUI. Dombrowski echoed that opinion, telling Gage that he would be “surprised” if MLB levies any penalty or suspension.
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had three more years of arbitration eligibility left, but he and the Angels decided to settle that future business at once on Wednesday, agreeing to a three-year extension worth $26 million, per SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. The contract also includes a $14 million club option for the 2020 season.
Calhoun, 29, has been a dependable right fielder for the Angels over the last three seasons, batting an aggregate .266/.327/.436 with 61 home runs and 216 RBI in 1,895 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, Calhoun has been the ninth-most valuable right fielder in baseball since the start of the 2014 season with 11.4 Wins Above Replacement. He ranks slightly behind Giancarlo Stanton (11.9) and just ahead of J.D. Martinez (10.9).
The Angels only have a handful of players signed beyond the 2017 season — just Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, and Calhoun. The club has options on Ricky Nolasco and Huston Street, while many others will be eligible for arbitration.
Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people can get on with their lives? Oh well.
As we wait, let’s take a look in at Twitter, where Jim Bowden of ESPN passes along the rumor that the Washington Nationals are still interested in signing Matt Wieters and Greg Holland:
Great to know that the Nats’ baseball operations budget is dictated by its capital expenditures. Maybe they shoulda been smart like the Braves and suckered — er, I mean negotiated the local government to pay more for it? GO BRAVES!
Anyway, Bryce Harper had a response to that:
I take that to mean that he’d take the money used to construct the team store and give to Wieters and Holland. I haven’t seen the budget breakdown for the new spring training facility, but that would probably mean a major pay cut for Wieters and Holland. And where would we buy our “Make Baseball Great Again” caps? Think ahead, Bryce. Play the long game here.