Detroit Tigers Links 10/30: Miggy’s Surgery and Marshal Leyland


Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Hank Aaron (center) and MLB commissioner Bud Selig (left) presents the 2013 Hank Aaron award to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera prior to game four of the MLB baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera has surgery to repair core muscle, expected to be ready for spring training – James Schmehl, MLive

"The injury is believed to be the equivalent of a sports hernia — an injury Tigers officials and Miguel Cabrera vehemently have denied the past couple months.Cabrera will require six to eight weeks of rehabilitation, but is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training."

Detroit Tigers need to dump Alex Avila, ESPN writer says – Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press (originally posted by Paul Swydan, ESPN but was an “insider” post and not available to non-subscribers)

"“That’s certainly a touchy subject, considering that his father (Al) is the team’s assistant general manager, but the simple fact is that Avila didn’t cut it this season,” Swydan argues. “His 0.6 WAR (per FanGraphs) ranked just 37th overall among catchers, and 26th among 32 catchers who had at least 300 plate appearances.”Subscribers can read the original article here."

Jacoby Ellsbury’s salary, skill set would provide too much risk for Tigers in 2014 and beyond – Rob Rogacki, Bless You Boys

"It doesn’t seem likely [Ellsbury will be a Tiger]. I don’t know if the Tigers will pursue a high profile outfielder this offseason with Jackson, Torii Hunter, and Nick Castellanos presumably penciled in to the starting spots come April. If they do look to make a splash, I really hope Ellsbury isn’t the guy they go after. The numbers speak for themselves above, and hoping for a guy who is now on the wrong side of 30 to replicate a career year for multiple seasons is asking for trouble."

Motor City Bengals: Prince Fielder’s contract, attitude could be albatross for Detroit Tigers – Matt Pelc, guest MCB Blogger for

"[Late in Game 4 of the ALDS] Coco Crisp, who was destroying Detroit pitching in that series, arrived at first after driving in the go-ahead run and began chatting with Fielder. The cameras showed the Tigers first baseman laughing and having a good old time while the rest of Detroit was in anguish.This is why Fielder is booed and lambasted while guys like Hunter, who also struggled, get a free pass. Fielder is not a team leader and shows that baseball is just a job for him."

Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland named grand marshal of Thanksgiving parade – Tom Gage, Detroit News

"Former Tigers manager Jim Leyland will convey his thanks to Tigers fans on Thanksgiving Day.“I didn’t want a lot of fanfare at the time, it was an emotional day,” Leyland said of his retirement day, “but I’m very thankful for my time with the Tigers — and I’m still going to be part of it.”"