Dave Dombrowski is about to be a very popular guy

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Looking to upgrade your club this
winter, but aren’t thrilled with the available options in free agency?
Well, the cost-conscious Tigers could be baseball’s one-stop-shop.




In his latest piece for FOXSports.com, Jon Paul Morosi conjures up 10 clubs as possible fits for Detroit’s three most talked about stars
— Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera. According to
Morosi, many in the industry believe general manager Dave Dombrowski is
willing to move one or more players from the team’s core in order to
cut payroll.




Just a brief refresher, the team
would prefer to move Jackson over Granderson, according to a team
official from another club, but they are believed to be listening to
offers on both. Meanwhile, Cabrera’s availability is unclear.




The most interesting note from
Morosi’s piece is word from a National League executive who speculated
that the Tigers could net an impressive package of prospects for
Cabrera should they kick in $5 million per season to help pay his
salary. The 26-year-old Cabrera is owed $126 million over the next six
seasons.




The Tigers already have over $100
million in contract commitments for 2010, but Jeremy Bonderman,
Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Brandon Inge and possibly Magglio
Ordonez coming off the books after the season. I’m no accountant, but it appears that whatever
financial crunch they are having will likely be a temporary one. Either
way, Dombrowski figures to be one of the most popular GMs at the winter
meetings in Indianapolis next week.

Two great Mariano Rivera stories

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In addition to getting unanimous support from Hall of Fame voters, Mariano Rivera’s election is getting universal praise from fans and the baseball community. I mean, at least it seems so. If you see someone out there in the wild really mad that Rivera was elected, please, let me know. But don’t approach such people. They’re probably dangerously imbalanced and might cause harm to you.

From what we’ve seen, anyway, there is no one who doesn’t love Rivera and his election. That love has come out in the form of anecdotes people are sharing this morning. I’ve seen two that made me particularly happy. One “ha ha” happy, the other “aww” happy.

The “ha ha” comes from Michael Young, who shared the ballot with Rivera this year and whose Rangers actually beat Rivera’s Yankees in the 2010 ALCS. Not that they had much success against Mo:

Now the “aww.” It comes from Danny Burawa, who had a few major league cups of coffee after coming up in the Yankees system. From his Instagram last night:

In 2012, in the middle of my first big league spring training, I tore my oblique during a game (I wound up missing the whole season). First cuts hadn’t been made and the Yankees let me stick around to rehab with the big leaguers for a few days. The next day, after finishing my rehab, I returned to the locker room which was totally empty. I’m sitting at my locker getting ready to go home when in walks Mariano Rivera. Considering I was a nobody A-baller, I kept my eyes down on my feet and minded my own business. Next thing I know, he’s in the chair next to me, telling me his story, about failing as a starter, about an injury he had when he was younger, about how the setbacks we think are fatal usually end up as speed bumps on a longer, grander road. This is the greatest of all time, taking the time to cheer up a nobody, for no other reason than he thought it was the right thing to do. Great pitcher, greater human, congratulations Mo!

People use that “great player, better person” construction a lot. I often roll my eyes when I hear it because it’s pretty subjective and, I suspect, the “better person” part can’t be vouched for outside the subject’s friend or peer group. Doesn’t sound that way with Rivera, though. He simply sounds like a prince of a guy.