AL Central Notes: Cabrera, Floyd, Royals

The Indians made a trade today, acquiring 2011 International League MVP Russ Canzler from the Rays. It wouldn't be surprising to see Cleveland add another hitter before Opening Day, but their division rivals appear to have completed most of their offseason shopping at this point. Here's the latest from the AL Central…


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31 Comments on "AL Central Notes: Cabrera, Floyd, Royals"


tycobb
3 years 6 months ago

I`d think about putting Cabbie in right, Maggs played there for years. Without any range, speed or an arm.

Evan
3 years 6 months ago

you would

gladdyontherise
3 years 6 months ago

Playing right field (especially at Comerica) is much tougher than playing left field.

tycobb
3 years 6 months ago

I disagree the sun sets in the left fielders eyes, tough on a summers night!

gladdyontherise
3 years 6 months ago

You can disagree all you want. It still doesn’t change the fact right field is generally a tougher position to play.

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

Especially at Comerica?  Comerica has one of the biggest LFs in the league.  It’s bigger than RF.

And given that Cabrera’s range is the main factor and not his arm strength, RF seems to be the better fit.

Ibone
3 years 6 months ago

Maggs had a better arm than people gave him credit for.  But you’re 100% right tycobb on the no range or speed!

3 years 6 months ago

The possibility of playing him there is “out of left field”

Victor Kipp
3 years 6 months ago

How bout this….. They shouldn’t have paid a DH $200 mil for 9 years to play first base when the first baseman they have is a better hitter, also locked up in a long term deal and cannot play other position. Honestly, they should just DH Feilder now. I mean why suffer defensively just because you over paid. No one else was even going to come close to this deal. This will be the worst signing ever 2 years into it.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

How about letting them play even just 1 game together before declaring it the worst signing ever, no?

3 years 6 months ago

$200 mill when noone else was close to offering 6 yrs- reminiscent of when Borass hoodwinked Tom Hicks. This will likely hamstring the Tigers franchise as soon as 2015

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I’m sure in 2 years the Tigers will be kicking themselves about still having the best 1-2 punch in the league.

3 years 6 months ago

The team with three DH……..gotta love their bats (Prince,Vmart, and Miggy) but where do you put them besides 1st and DH? I mean if someone can’t handle 3rd how are they going to handle left?

ImperialStout
3 years 6 months ago

Good thing nobody has to worry about that until Spring 2013.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

The silver lining in Vmart being injured is they have all of 2012 to figure that out. Besides, there is no guarantee Vmart will even be ready for spring training in 2013 after having microfracture AND ACL surgery.

gladdyontherise
3 years 6 months ago

Delmon Young is a left fielder…………

I think Miggy could handle it.

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 6 months ago

I think people are worrying a bit too much about all this. The roster has enough flex to cover any number of eventualities so just see how it shakes out. Cabby got off to a rough start at 3b, but he was new, young, replacing a popular vet, and worrying about living up to a $20m/yr contract while carrying the lineup. Now he’s got a lot of support, he’s in great shape, and he’s a more focused and dedicated player than he’s ever been. He might surprise a lot of people.

As to RF, I like the idea but Boesch seems comfortable there and I don’t see any reason to throw him any wrenches at the moment. Delmon Young will DH and if Cabby has to be shifted there he can’t have any less range than Young did last season. Still, I think 3b is a good fit. He’s got good reflexes and instincts (always thought he played 1b more aggressive than most) to compensate for limited range/speed.

jphenix2002
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think Miguel Cabrera and “great shape” go together.

Personally I can’t believe how stubborn Detroit is being about Cabrera playing third.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

He actually has lost a bit of weight and is looking pretty fit. And as a manager/GM you have to support your best player until proven otherwise. What are they supposed to tell Miggy, “You’re fat and going to be an awful 3rd baseman don’t even try”? If he can play a bad (but ok enough to justify keeping him there) 3B, then you are maximizing your roster’s and offense’s potential.

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, not sure how they’re being “stubborn” about playing him at 3b when he hasn’t even started a single game there yet? Do people not remember Betemit at 3b? People act like Cabrera is the first big guy in the history of the game to play 3b… it used to be standard to stick a big bat there. Then again, that was also done when you had a lighter-hitting/better-range SS than Peralta, but it’s still not the longshot people make it out to be.

MrSativa
3 years 6 months ago

In otherwords, KC fans be ready to be the division doormat again.

UrkillingmeSmalls
3 years 6 months ago

The Twins and White Sox are worse than the Royals.

UrkillingmeSmalls
3 years 6 months ago

The Twins and White Sox are worse than the Royals.

3 years 6 months ago

If Beckham, Dunn or Rios bounce back, the White Sox will be right back in it. Still Tigger’s to lose, but within range

Ibone
3 years 6 months ago

I’ll agree that the Chi Sox are worse off than the Royals, I think that the Twins will be okay this year.  They suffered a lot of injuries last year that really hurt them.

IndianaBob
3 years 6 months ago

If Mauer ends up mostly playing 1B/DH, his bat is just not that great.  Their pitching was 24th in the MLB last year.  They have no great 26 or under players.  The Twins are in dire straits.  White Sox minor league system have been rated last or near last in everything I have read.  They are in bad shape too.

Ibone
3 years 6 months ago

Valid point about Mauer, I bet he catches 110+ games this year though.  Apparently Baker should be healthy which should help the Twins out, he was rollin when he went down last year, and ya Chi Sox are in real bad shape which makes me laugh hard!

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 6 months ago

Indians fans have been claiming a healthy Sizemore will make a difference for 4-5 seasons in a row now… it’s not going to happen.

As to pitching, who’s their legit #1? Jiminez? Masterson? Verlander is better than either and Fister can hold his own against either. Scherzer and Porcello are good for 15 wins each as well, so the 5-spot is the only rotation edge the Indians MIGHT have and their lineup doesn’t come close to what the Tigers are packing this season.

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

The Tigers’ starting rotation is also much better than the Indians’, from #1 through #4.

Aaron Rudolph
3 years 6 months ago

Hocheaver had a sub 4 era and great peripherals the second half of 2011.

Chen gets the Royals into the 6th/7th inning pretty consistantly and the Royals will have a top 5 bullpen this year (if not the number 1)

Sanchez is a question mark, but has incredible stuff.  9+Ks/9 and with a new environment, ballpark, and pitching coach might be able to lower his walk totals which would make him a sub 4 era pitcher.

Paulino is a good #4.  Not great, but good.

Duffy has the most upside of any of these pitchers.  Last year was his rookie year in which he was learning how to pitch to major league hitters.  He will have at worst a 5 era, but there is a good possibility that he will be hovering around 3.50 (or better).  Even if it is around 5 that will match up with most teams #5.

The point of this is that the starting pitching for the Royals, while not being stellar, is not as bad as it looks.  When you factor in the possibility of one of their minor league pitchers (Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi) potentially stepping up and becoming a good major league pitcher, along with a very good offensive lineup, the Royals have the ability to surprise people this year.

lam0jam0
3 years 6 months ago

Lol, Chen is inconsistent he only went 12-7 in 2010 and 12-8 in 2011.  WHAT A ROLLERCOASTER!!!