Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera’s health update, Hernan Perez works in OF, potential Andy Dirks reunion


Today we start with Miguel Cabrera.

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Not too much has been mentioned about the Tigers’ franchise player since he underwent ankle surgery, but it appears he is getting better and has shed his walking boot and started some light workouts. The next big milestone for Cabrera is January when he meets with doctors and team officials. Then we will know a more accurate timetable whether the 2012 and 2013 MVP will be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

The Tigers are still one outfielder down after Torii Hunter‘s departure. While it is still possible the team brings someone in from outside the organization, they are trying to look at internal options first. One of those options is infielder Hernan Perez. With a logjam of players in front of him at second and shortstop, the team is giving him a look in the outfield.

One of those possible players from outside the organization for the outfield might be Andy Dirks. While Dirks never could never duplicate his 2012 production, he wouldn’t be a bad fit at the right price.

Tigers Miguel Cabrera ‘improving,’ ditches walking boot – Tony Paul, Detroit News

"Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera continues to make progress after offseason ankle surgery, posting a picture on Twitter Monday morning of him working out without a cast.“Improving every day !!! Thank God,” Cabrera wrote in Spanish."

Hernan Perez gets work in outfield, could replace Don Kelly as utility player for Detroit Tigers – Chris Iott, MLive

"Could Perez replace Kelly as a utility player for the Detroit Tigers in 2015? He absolutely could.Perez will resume getting work in the outfield in winter league play after a knee injury sidelined him for a short time.“We figured we would try to increase his flexibility, versatility, because we like Hernan,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday afternoon. “With how the club fits, maybe we’ll want him to play some outfield.”"

A Reunion With Andy Dirks Might Make Sense For Detroit Tigers – Brad Faber

"While Dirks may not carry the power potential that Moya and Collins do, it is probably not too much of a stretch to suggest that he could hit .280 with eight to 10 home runs in a platoon role if he can manage to stay healthy. He might also be a solid candidate to bat leadoff or in the No. 2 spot against right-handed pitching.Furthermore, even when Dirks was struggling with the bat in 2013, he was chipping in with his glove work, posting a 13.3 UZR/150 and becoming a finalist for a Gold Glove award. Although left field is most likely his natural position, he is a relatively versatile outfielder who can play any one of the three outfield spots in a pinch."