Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cabrera deal is done, two more cuts

The Miguel Cabrera deal is now official - 8 years and 152.3 million. So he'll be a Tiger through 2015 and he'll be just 32 in the last year of the deal. It's fantastic that will get to follow him for 8 years and that he's unlikely to have much of an age related decline during the course of the deal.

In other news, the Tigers assigned Francis Beltran and Timo Perez to minor league camp. This means the Tigers have 28 healthy players remaining in camp. If we assume that Marcus Thames, Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn have made the team, then that means the last bench spot would go to Freddy Guzman, Mike Hessman or Dane Sardinha. Jim Leyland said that Brandon Inge is the second catcher so they shouldn't have any need for Sardinha. Hessman doesn't really fill a need either so my guess is that Guzman will be the replacement for the injured Curtis Granderson. He would probably back up Inge in center when Inge is catching.

It's really no secret that the opening day bullpen will consist of Todd Jones, Zach Miner, Bobby Seay, Jason Grilli, Denny Bautista, Tim Byrdak and either Yorman Bazardo or Aquilino Lopez. I still think they'll take Bazardo who is out of options.

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