Detroit Tigers Links: Miggy’s contract, Mud Hens ain’t afraid of no ghosts, and more


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Now Is the Time for Detroit Tigers to Redo Miguel Cabrera’s Contract – Joel Reuter, MLive

"The Detroit Tigers’ current payroll sits at $157.4 million, according to MLBDepthCharts, and will likely be around $160 million once the roster is filled out with pre-arbitration players. That means they could add that extra $8 million to their 2014 payroll without approaching the $189 million luxury-tax threshold.For Cabrera, he’s making an extra $16 million over the next two years and also has the security of four more years at $110 million being tacked on to the back of his current deal."

If anyone deserves to “break the bank,” its Miguel Cabrera. Even if the Tigers feel the need to dial back payroll after 2014 (win or lose), I feel they will do all they can to make sure Miggy sets MLB records and enters the Hall-of-Fame in the Old English D.

Detroit Tigers affiliate Toledo Mud Hens to honor Harold Ramis with ‘Ghostbusters’ jerseys – James Schmehl, MLive

"The comedic legacy of actor/screenwriter Harold Ramis and the “Ghostbusters” movie franchise will be honored by the Detroit Tigers’ minor league affiliate Toledo Mud Hens in a unique way this spring.The Mud Hens, a Class AAA team, revealed Thursday on its Instagram page players will wear “Ghostbusters” jerseys for a May 30 home game at Fifth Third Field. The opponent that day is the Charlotte, N.C. Knights."

Pretty darn cool by the Toledo brass–recognizing a comedy legend and having fun along the way–something most minor leagues teams do well. For those of us who are fans of the classic 80’s comedies that Mr. Ramis had a hand in, this is especially sweet.

Detroit Tigers’ Eduardo Sanchez will miss ‘extended period of time’ with stress fracture on elbow – Schmehl

"The news was announced shortly after Sanchez underwent an MRI exam early Thursday. The Tigers are currently in the process of determining whether surgery is necessary, but there’s a very strong likelihood Sanchez won’t pitch again this spring."

You hate to see guys hurt in Spring Training, especially those trying all they can to make a major league roster. Hopes for a speedy recovery for Sanchez.

Detroit Tigers confident outfielder Rajai Davis can help add much-needed speed on base paths – Schmehl(again)

"The Detroit Tigers acquired speedy outfielder Rajai Davis this past winter with the intention of letting him run wild on the base paths.And that’s exactly what he did Wednesday, helping highlight the Tigers’ new-look offense that is expected to be much more aggressive under first-year manager Brad Ausmus.Batting second in the lineup, Davis stole two bases — including second, despite being picked off at first — providing fans a glimpse of what he can do when he gets on base."

Davis didn’t play in the game yesterday at Lakeland against Atlanta, but the Tigers’ new approach to manufacturing runs was seen in the contest. Jose Iglesias, leading off the game, had a long at-bat and drew a walk. He went to second on a hit and run force out, got to third on a wild pitch and scored on a bounce out by Miguel Cabrera.

The Tiger scored a run without a hit in the first. Small ball, people, small ball.