While as many as 5 teams are bidding for the services of Japanese righty Hiroki Kuroda, and Captain Red Ass prepares to learn just how sophisticated Ontario fathers can be about May/December (February / December?) relationships, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the Tigers have just acquired two of the more glittering prizes on offer this winter.
Florida and Detroit have reached a preliminary agreement that will send star third baseman Miguel Cabrera and left-hander Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for a package of young players headlined by outfielder Cameron Maybin and left-hander Andrew Miller, according to major-league sources.
Detroit will also send catcher Mike Rabelo and three prospects to the Marlins as part of the deal. Class AAA right-hander Dallas Trahern was mentioned Tuesday morning as one possible player to be included, according to sources.
The deal immediately raises questions about the future of current Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge. Inge is set to make $6.3 million this season, $6.3 million in 2009 and $6.6 million in 2010. The acquisition of Cabrera and Willis will add close to $20 million to the Tigers’ payroll.
The Tigers already feature two veteran left-handed starters, Kenny Rogers and Nate Robertson, which made Miller available in a deal for Willis.
The LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna reports Cabrera is in the midst of a “rigorous off-season workout/nutritional program”. I guess you can cross this tome off Miggy’s Xmas list, then.