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.
Yesterday free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki held a workout in California and representatives from at least eleven teams were on hand, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo. Among the clubs present: the Giants — who were said to have a “heavy presence,” including team president Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy — the Angels, Red Sox, Cubs, Padres, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Phillies, Tigers and Pirates.
Your first reaction to that may be “Um, really? For Tulowitzki?” But a moment’s reflection makes it seem more sensible. We’re so tied up in thinking of a player through the filter of their contract and, when we’ve done that with Tulowitzki over the past several years, it has made him seem like an albatross given the $20 million+ a year he was earning to either not play or play rather poorly due to injuries.
It was just the contract that was the albatross, though, right? An almost free Tulowitzki — which he will be given that the Blue Jays are paying him $38 million over the next two seasons — is a different matter. If you sign him it’ll be for almost no real money and he stands a chance to be an average or maybe better-than-average shortstop, which is pretty darn valuable. You might even get one quirky late career return-to-near-glory season from him, in which case you’ve hit the lottery. If, however, as seems more likely, he just can’t get it done at all, you’re not out anything and you can cut him with little or no pain.
Eleven teams think he’s at least a look-see. I bet one of them will offer him a major league deal. Maybe more than one. He’ll probably have his pick of non-roster invites to spring training. I can’t see the downside to at least doing that much.