Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder. You’re also well aware that Miguel Cabrera will be moving to third base this season.
Naturally, the media and blogosphere have questioned and sometimes even ridiculed the move.
Unfazed, Cabrera is working hard to silence the haters though.
Not only is Cabrera perfectly fine with moving to his “natural position” at 3B, he’s also working hard to take reps and get in shape.
Last night, Tigers beat writer Jason Beck released the collection of good news about Cabrera’s progress this off-season…
Cabrera’s Tigers teammate, Alex Avila, told ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Friday that Cabrera has lost 20-25 pounds in his offseason workouts. That would put Cabrera in the range of 250-255 pounds heading into camp. Another source echoed that math.
Cabrera estimated his weight last Spring Training at about 270 pounds. However, his weight fluctuates over the course of the season.
The question surrounding Cabrera ever since the Tigers announced his move to third base has been whether he could find a weight where he could feel comfortable at the plate and still possess strength he likes behind his swing. Every indication since then has suggested that Cabrera has been working hard to make this move work.
Despite already being one of the best players in the game, Cabrera realizes that there is always room for improvement. Slimming down might not guarantee Cabrera success at the hot corner. Regardless, the news is encouraging; it’s a step in the right direction.