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.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.