Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that Miguel Cabrera won’t be in the lineup tomorrow against the Blue Jays, but could make his spring training debut Monday against the Yankees.
“Monday’s more of a possibility [than Sunday],” Leyland said, “but I’m not sure about Monday either.”
Cabrera didn’t make the trip for today’s exhibition opener against the Blue Jays, as he stayed back to work with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. Leyland wants him to get his legs in shape before he appears in a game.
One interesting note passed along by Beck earlier this morning is that Cabrera reported to spring training weighing 270 pounds, 30 pounds more than he was listed in the team’s media guide last season. However, Cabrera’s personal trainer downplayed any concerns about his physical conditioning in light of his recent DWI, saying that his body fat is down and that number is right around or slightly under where he was before he reported to spring training last year.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain has a deal with the Brewers. No confirmation or terms of the contract have been confirmed by the team yet.
Chamberlain, 31, had a promising resurgence in the Indians’ bullpen during 2016. He shaved his ERA down to a modest 2.25 mark over 20 innings with Cleveland, paired with an 8.1 SO/9 and less-than-stellar 5.0 BB/9 rate. Over a decade in the major leagues, the right-hander holds a career 3.81 ERA, 8.8 SO/9 and 3.7 BB/9 rate.
The veteran righty was released by the Indians in July after refusing re-assignment. He’s expected to compete for a major league role this spring.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.