Miguel Cabrera began his tenure with the Tigers as a third baseman in 2008, but he was quickly moved across the diamond after committing five errors in the space of just 14 games. However, he’s preparing for an unexpected move back to the hot corner now that the Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract.
Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press, here’s a translated version of what Cabrera told Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes:
“I will come back to the third base, which is my natural position. The arrival of Fielder will benefit us.”
Our own Matthew Pouliot already wrote a thorough takedown of the proposed plan earlier this evening, so I’ll just say the Tigers’ infield projects to look like the opposite of this.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.