Wednesday, November 25, 2009

On Trading Miguel Cabrera...

...I think it should hinge totally on whether he has taken the proper steps to get his personal life in order. The red flag is flying. He is not that valuable of a player in the state he was in last season. Hallow stats. Mediocre clutch hitter. There were no excuses for what happened the last weekend of the season. None.
Talent-wise, Cabrera is Albert Pujols' equal. But he won't deliver that type of meaningful production until he gets his act together in other ways.
Bottom line.

My column in Wednesday's Oakland Press on Pistons-Cavs:

New Caputo And His Boss video on Michigan football:



Blogger Barry said...

Pat, if the Tigers are going to trade, trading Miggy make the most sense. If the Tigers can get a young top 3 rotation guy and a bona fide stopper plus another prospect then I am in. Tigers learned from Fielder’s contract that one slugger will not get you a pennant. Saving 20 million and rerouting it somewhere else is a good idea. They should have 1B covered by Larish and Streiby. His private life has to get in order but he is far from being the only party guy in MLB.

10:45 PM 
Blogger Rick said...

It was hinted long ago when he was in Florida that he was a lazy party boy. I thought when he came to Detroit with veteran native countrymen already on board that he would grow up. That didn't happen. He does not hit in the clutch. Trade him!

9:45 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Here's my 360 on Cabrera - start to end - for what it's worth - understanding some of you won't think it's worth much.

In the opening months of '08 and the dawning of the age of Cabrera, problems arose - the Monster Cabrera was not hitting - and fairly neither was anybody else.

But Cabrera took over duties at third - even though listed at the time in the scouting rags to be a below average 3rd baseman. And Cabrera stunk it up at third - badly. So he moved over to 1st - to replace Guillen - was for some reason stinking it up there. Cabrera was no better at first than third. - his defensive woes lasted all of 2008 - and his offensive woes started subsiding only after the 08 season was clearly a write-off - shortly after the all star game.

Result - a lot of frustration amongst team mates about defensive inadequacy.

that team didn't gel and Cabrera hurt us more than he helped.

'09 - Cabrera's still at 1st - and this year doing better - but his bat rarely came through in the clutch - clutch being a tight score and a chance to score men on second third - which happened a lot.

Remember (as if you could forget) we missed the post season by one game - by just one of those dozen or so men in scoring position to go ahead suituations actualy being realized.

Then - that Satuday in October was only the final straw for me - no where near the first reason - but certainly the last reason I needed to desire this guy gone.

Give me a player who gives you a hundred percent over Carera anyday - the players have to care at least as much as the fan does to get my support.

My well runneth dry for Mr. Cabrera.

12:49 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

He does work hard before games. I have seen that many times. Teammates like him. Not a sinister. It's the issue that came to the forefront at the end of the season that is the major concern.

1:03 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I wouldn't trade him for a pitcher. They need to score runs. Their pitching was a strength last season. They didn't produce enough runs.

1:04 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Yeah. It's not a matter of talent, but dependability. Can you depend on Miguel Cabera? That's the question the Tigers should be asking themselves.

5:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Trading?

He's by far the best hitter on team and one of the tops in the league.

People get paid big time in the Tigers org to deal with this ... handle it!

Although he does have a 'focus' problem even if he's sober.

He's young ... that should change with more experience and maturity.

How many hitters in the league give you 30+ HR and 120+ RBIs.

11:03 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

He is a great hitter. Best I have ever seen - by far - in a Tigers uniform. But the luster is taken off his ability by the other factor. He hurt them a great deal last season because of those issues.

12:10 PM 

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