Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Prince Fielder, we hardly knew ye.

Personally, I always really liked the guy. Stand-up fella.

But, trading Fielder to Texas for 2B Ian Kinsler opens up some interesting options. Consider...
  • Cabrera can be moved back to 1B, where he's a decent fielder (unlike, well, Fielder). He's better at 3B than people give him credit for, but let's face it, Prince was a modern-day Dr. Strangeglove.
  • This also allows Victor Martinez to put in some time at 1B, if Cabrera shifts back to third or DHs for a game; V-Mart showed himself to actually be a pretty nimble defensive first baseman in limited time there this year. (He wasn't much of a catcher, admittedly.)
  • The elephant in the room, of course, is Nick Castellanos. From all reports, he wasn't ready to make the move from 3B to the outfield anytime soon, despite spending most of his time in LF this year in both Toledo and Detroit. Having him at his natural position makes everybody breathe a little easier, not in the least being Dave Dombrowski.
  • What to make of Omar Infante, then? He's got a little pop, and plays solid defence at second... but, of course, his contract is up and he's a free agent. Do they re-sign him and plug him in at third, to buy time until Castellanos proves he's a ready-for-prime-time player? My guess is no, because Infante's too valuable on the open market. Someone's gonna snap him up, and that someone isn't Detroit.
  • The Tigers just put Jordan Lennerton on the 40-man roster. I saw him this summer in Toledo, albeit briefly, but he seemed to carry himself pretty well. (He's Canadian, too.) He's not what you'd call a prospect per se, but DD must see some sort of future for him, and he knows the game pretty well.
Add to this the fact that, over the weekend, I bought planet tickets and reserved both hotel and car for a Florida spring training trip in March, and... baseball's back, baby!

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