Of all the major sluggers rumored to be available this off season, none are bigger than Miguel Cabrera. (pardon the pun, hee hee)
For weeks now, we’ve been hearing all this gibberish about the Angels, Mariners, and even the Giants being in hot pursuit. The only team I took seriously was the Angels. I felt they matched up well, and that they had plenty of surplus in young talent to pry Miguel Cabrera (or tow) away from the Marlins.
Forget that… Word on the street is they bailed… Now they are looking to put a halo right on Miguel Tejada’s crown. Orioles are rebuilding AGAIN, so what else is new.
So who’s the front runner now? It’s the other team from Los Angeles, the Dodgers. Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports had this to say on the matter…
The Dodgers have long resisted trading their premium young talent. But after hiring Joe Torre as manager, it would stand to reason that they are more interested in swinging a blockbuster to improve their immediate chances.
The Marlins first showed heavy interest in Kemp last spring, but at that time the Dodgers deemed him untouchable. It remains to be seen whether the availability of Cabrera — combined with questions about Kemp’s attitude — will lead the Dodgers to alter their stance.
Cabrera would give Torre a far more potent lineup than the Dodgers had last season, when they finished 10th in the National League in runs scored under Grady Little.
The failure to land Cabrera, on the other hand, would amount to another failed quest by the Dodgers for a big bat — and become all the more embarrassing if Cabrera landed with the Angels.
I for one would love to see Miguel Cabrera out of the NL East, and maybe Jimmy Rollins too, erghhh…