Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera Feels Good, Ausmus Takes Over


June 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) drops his bat after he strikes out in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Los Angeles won 3-1 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Miguel Cabrera enjoys return to good health following surgery: ‘I feel free’ – Chris Iott – MLive

"“Oh, man,” he said Wednesday morning while sitting in the clubhouse at Joker Marchant Stadium. “Oh my God. It’s like, I feel free. I can do anything right now. I don’t worry about anything, that it’s going to hurt. I feel free and ready to go.”"

It’s too bad that we didn’t get to see a healthy Miggy in October — what might have been — but it’s great to know that he’s back to feeling 100% pain-free.

Different kind of manager for different kind of Tigers roster – Lynn Henning – Detroit News

"Ausmus and the Tigers arrive at camp with shared skills and missions. Included is a sharp sense of reality. They know how difficult it is to win in big-league baseball when so many variables can make fools of would-be contenders."

One of the really fun things about this upcoming season will be finding out the ways in which Brad Ausmus operates differently than Jim Leyland.

Justin Miller may be in the bullpen mix – Patrick OKennedy – Bless You Boys

"Obviously, the Tigers saw something they liked with Miller. Not being too put off by the small sample data since his TJ surgery, the Tigers see a K/9 rate of 11.0 in his 27 innings, already. In his last full season, Miller posted an impressive 9- 1 record with an ERA of 1.81 and a WHIP of just 1.00 in 69.2 innings of work. He was good enough to be added to the Rangers’ 40 man roster before being injured. If that is the real Justin Miller, then the Tigers might have something here."

There are maybe one or two bullpen spots open in spring camp; really the only position battle to watch.

How Detroit Tigers’ rivals shape up after off-season – Detroit Free Press

"A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:"

It’s hard not to again like the Tigers’ chances of winning another division crown.