Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tigers Acquire Cabrera/Willis
The Detroit Tigers shocked the world today, moving prospects Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Mike Rabelo, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio de la Cruz, and Dallas Trahern to the Florida Marlins in return for 24-year old third-baseman Miguel Cabrera and left-handed ace Dontrelle Willis. Detroit moved their number 1,3,7, and 11 prospects to Florida, but acquired two players who have superstar written all over them.
Cabrera hit .320 last year with 34 HR and 119 RBI, and is yet to eclipse 25-years old. He is going to be serious insurance for Magglio Ordonez, and will witness a huge rise in stats with Gary Sheffield batting directly after him. As for Willis, 2007 was a horrible year for the left-hander, going 10-15 with a 5.17 ERA. He is a career 3.78 pitcher, and is only 25 years of age.
Andrew Miller, the 22-year old phenom, was almost as good as Willis was last year. The good news? The right-hander had a 0.53 ERA in 30.2 innings-pitched. He will likely slot right into Florida's rotation next season. Detroit's number one prospect, Cameron Maybin, did terrible as a 20-year old major-leaguer, but has never hit below .304 in the minor leagues, and has a tremendous eye and decent speed.