Miguel Cabrera’s arrest for DUI last February was pretty spectacular, at least as far as all of the sordid details about the arrest were concerned. The resolution of it all is kind of boring, however: Cabrera was given a $500 fine and one year of probation yesterday. He also had his license suspended for a year.
The whole case seemed weird to me. Because not long after he was arrested, the Florida Highway Patrol released information about how Cabrera’s Range Rover allegedly forced cars off the road and forced an oncoming vehicle to take “evasive action and to go totally onto the grass shoulder in order not to hit the sports utility vehicle head-on.” In addition, he allegedly threatened to blow up the bar at which he was drinking and before his arrest and he told his arresting officers to “just [bleeping] kill me.”
Then, a couple months later he got his driver’s license back because there was apparently not any evidence that Cabrera was, you know, actually driving the car.
Strange. Scary. But now over. And hopefully this is the last run-in Cabrera ever has with the bottle for the rest of his life.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.