Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera had originally planned to arrive at spring training to begin preparing for the 2011 season this past Saturday, but that schedule took a wild and unfriendly detour when he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest without the intention of violence last week.
Cabrera has been undergoing medical evaluation by team doctors and addiction specialists since that incident and has not yet been cleared to show his face at the Tigers’ spring training complex.
That could all change tomorrow.
According to Tom Gage and Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, Cabrera’s agent Fernando Cuza met Wednesday evening in Lakeland, Florida with several upper-level Tigers executives, including general manager Dave Dombrowski.
They presumably mapped out a plan that would allow Cabrera to begin participating in team practices while also taking care of his legal and medical issues. If things went well enough in that meeting and both sides agreed on a course of action, the 27-year-old first baseman could be in camp by Thursday morning.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.