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.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.