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Friday, December 07, 2007
Tigers - Acquired Cabrera
Detroit Tigers - Acquired 3B Miguel Cabrera and P Dontrelle Willis from the Florida Marlins for OF Cameron Maybin, P Andrew Miller, P Dallas Trahern, P Eulogio de la Cruz, P Burke Badenhop, and C Mike Rabelo.
You just know that there’s someone at Baseball America thinking “Thank God we didn’t schedule the Tigers’s Top 10 list earlier than we did.” This is as good a demonstration as any of why building your farm systems isn’t just for rebuilding teams - the Giants and Orioles would have a hard time pulling together a package that could get just Cabrera without bombing the franchise.
You have to give a lot of credit to Beinfest as he still makes great pickups even when everyone knows that his boss is one of the biggest Welfare Queens in American history. Cabrera instantly goes to the middle of the Tigers’s already quality offense and Willis, even though he’s not the pitcher he was a few years ago and is more of the D-Light Rail rather than a D-Train, should be a good #3/#4 guy. Maybin wasn’t super-useful in Detroit with Granderson already in center and the Marlins have had serious issues at finding a centerfielder the last couple of years. Miller has a good shot to be better than Willis in the near future.
Thumbs-up to both GMs. Beinfest may have a AAAA team, but he’s making it the best AAAA team it can be and Dombrowski shows that trading prospects and doing something dumb don’t have to go hand-in-hand.
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