The Tigers will begin the regular season on April 5 in Miami against the Marlins, a National League team. As such, they’ll be without a DH in the two-game series. Manager Brad Ausmus is considering starting first baseman Miguel Cabrera at third base for those two games, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Victor Martinez will be the club’s first consideration at first base, which would seem to be a better place for Cabrera. But Martinez has been more physically limited and doesn’t have the versatility that Cabrera provides.
Cabrera, 32, hasn’t played third base since 2014 and he only played 10 games at the hot corner that season. The Tigers, though, want to keep Cabrera’s bat in the lineup and it’s hard to fault them. Last season, the slugger led the majors with a .338 batting average along with an AL-best .440 on-base percentage. With that, he slugged .534, hit 18 home runs, knocked in 76 runs, and scored 64 runs in 511 plate appearances.