Monday, March 24, 2008

Cabrera up, Granderson down

The Tigers reportedly agreed to terms with Miguel Cabrera on an 8-year, $152-million contract extension. The deal includes the $11 million owed Cabrera for this year. Certainly, it's a lot of money, but this is a great outcome for Detroit because it locks up Cabrera until the age of 33. Perfect. After giving up Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller as part of the trade with the Marlins to get Cabrera, the Tigs needed to get him signed long term.

On the down side, Curtis Granderson suffered a broken finger when hit by a pitch over the weekend. Adding insult to injury, the game was rained out moments later. Brandon Inge will remain a Tiger now, at least for the foreseeable future, as he is likely to see a lot of time in CF in Granderson's absence. Granderson is out until at least mid-April.

Another concern is the leadoff spot. Edgar Renteria batted No. 1 yesterday and seems the most likely (maybe only?) candidate to bat there when the season begins. Renteria had a .390 OBP last season with the Braves.

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