Hot Stove 2010: But what about Miguel Cabrera?
November 25, 2009 2 Comments
Judging from the popularity of certain posts in recent days, it seems that a lot of people are interested in acquiring Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers are desperate to trim payroll, and they’re poking around to gauge interest in case they want to dump one or two of a number of young and still productive players, including Edwin Jackson, Curtis Granderson, and now Cabrera. And who wouldn’t want to add a right-handed, 26-year old 30-HR hitter with a .311/.383/.542 resume? My suggestion to you is to read this great article by Matt Klaassen at FanGraphs.
Cabrera is a very good hitter still, but the problem is that you’ll be paying equal value for that skill, so trading away good players to acquire him is means you’re actually losing value through his prodigious contract. Yes, I’ve advocated bringing him here in the past, but that was before he had a contract to match his expanding girth. Cabrera is owed $126M over the next six years, and has bonuses if he wins MVP or reaches other incentives. That would be okay if you could be confident he’d work hard and keep in shape, but he’s proven lousy at both of those so far. And we haven’t even gotten to the drunkenness and domestic violence issues. With that considerable contract, growing weight problem, work ethic and character questions, I’m not sold that we want Cabrera for this team.
Still, his talent is worth acquiring if Detroit wants to unload him on the cheap. There aren’t too many teams that can afford to take on his salary; even the Mets are reluctant to spend big this offseason, it looks like. So if Dave Dombrowski wants to drop Cabrera in our laps for two or three B-level prospects, that’s fine by me. Just don’t give up Clay Buchholz (or equivalent) to get this deal done.