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Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 5:59 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last week we all wondered how the Tigers would replace the injured Victor Martinez in the lineup -- today we got our answer.

Prince Fielder immediately restores some roar to the Tiger lineup and makes a nice 3-4 combo with Miguel Cabrera, forming perhaps the most feared duo in baseball. And in 2013 you have a 3-4-5 of Cabrera, Fielder and Martinez -- all for the low, low price of $346.5 million (or $69.3 million pizzas from Little Ceaser's) for all three over the course of their contracts.

So, if Fielder signing with the Tigers is the biggest surprise of the day, how about this for the second-biggest shock? The move means Miguel Cabrera is likely headed back to third base. Yep, the bad defensive first baseman will now be a horrendous defensive third baseman (much to the chagrin of Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Co.).

That means the rumors of the Johnny Damon return to Detroit make a little more sense, with the Tigers no longer needing a slugging DH. For now, though, I'll make my lineup with Don Kelly as the DH, knowing that the Tigers could still add a stopgap DH type, like Damon.

Prince to Tigers
Here's a too-early, first-stab at the new Tiger lineup:
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Brennan Boesch RF
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Delmon Young LF
6. Don Kelly DH
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Alex Avila C
9. Ryan Raburn 2B

This, of course, could change at a moment's notice, but it also keeps the door open for a seemless transition when Martinez returns from his knee injury. Or the Tigers could realize that Cabrera at third base is a terrible idea and then they'll be overloaded with first basemen and designated hitters. Whatever happens, Mike Illitch is going to be signing some big checks and Verlander should have more run support.

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Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:52 am

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

@ Silky Smooth

"Blight of Detroit"?   Really classy sir.  If you are using that in a sports sense, 3 out of the four major teams made their respective playoffs last year, and 3 out of the 4 teams have won the championship before.  If you are reffering to the city, then you should be ashamed of yourself.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:52 am

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

Hey MATTEOLC.. the Yankees didnt, They wouldnt even talk to him.Now dont blame the Yankees when because of this yall have probs signing future FAs.
He is vastly overpaid. Boras saw your owner coming and salivated a river.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:18 am

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

Is Inge done in Detroit???  wouldnt he be a fit at 3b and DH/1b rotate Cabrera/Fielder.....and let the awesome nicknames for those two begin....I vote for The Smash it in your mouth Brothers!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:34 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

What would Mr. Tampa know about Detroit?

ANY team would have to pay big money to get him.
Luckily for US, only some of us have the money (and population, and fans) to do so.
Unluckily for YOU, itty-bitty Tampa never will.  You keep fluking your way into the ALDS
every so often and be happy, and don't talk about "blight" in places you've never been.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:33 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

I get the sense that this is a one or two year move. With two great (young)hitting 1b under contract you can sell to a team for multiple players to solidfy other positions and add depth with good players. The farm system seems depleted considering there are basically only two names that come up in trade talks (being Turner and Castellanos).  It'll be fun to watch.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:57 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

With that defense, well at least Verlander can miss some bats.  After that, hope they hit it to center field. Laughing

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:30 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

I am not opposed at all to Cabrera at third base. When he first moved to first base he struggled, but really worked hard on the position and became a very servicable 1st baseman. I think he will do the same moving back to 3rd base. Even if there are a few errors that cost runs, I can promise that Cabrera will more than make up for them with his bat. This could turn out to be pretty exciting.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

So you are saying the Tigers are paying Fielder $214 mil to DH.  Baloney!  Cabrerra at DH because he's such a liability in the field.  Good for the Tigers.  Finally figuring you got to get off your wallet to bring talent to the blight of Detroit.  The ballplayers all are living in fashionable Oakland County not Detroit proper or Wayne County.  I don't want to hear another peep about what the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels or anybody pays anybody ever again.  Its a high end call boy business and always has been since free agency. The Tigers upgraded for sure on the power end but you still have to catch the ball, throw the ball and hit the ball.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:29 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

Cabrera at 3B? Is Trent Rosecrans on glue? There will be a lot of rotating around positions and lineup tinkering. I prefer a more consistent lineup to contend for a title, but some managers are very adept at making it work. The Tigers need to consider their defense as much as their offense.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:26 pm

Prince adds new look to Tigers' lineup

Cabrerra has already said that he is moving back to 3rd base.  This gives Detroit the best hitting 3rd baseman, best hitting 1st baseman, an all-star catcher and the best starting Pitcher in baseball.  (OK, I am a homer but each of these guys is in the top 3 at least at their respective positions.)  All of the guys I mentioned are young.  Looks like the Tigers could have a great team for a long time and could rival or surpass the success they had in the mid 80's with Trammell, Parish, Morris, Gibson, Evans, and Hernandez.  Nice to see Illich spend money again as well.  I guess he has to spend it somewhere as the Red Wings have a salary cap.

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