Detroit Tigers Links: Miggy could be cleared, Yoan Moncada interest waning


Earlier this week the Detroit Tigers got good news in the form of the soon (hopefully) health of Victor Martinez. They may also receive a blessing this coming Tuesday.

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Should everything go to plan, Miguel Cabrera could be cleared to get back on the field. While this likely would mean no Spring Training games for awhile, he will at least be working toward being tuned up, conditioned and ready for Opening Day.

The Tigers have been fairly content to loiter in the background of the Yoan Moncada sweepstakes and let names such as the New York Yankees be thrown around for the 19-year-old’s services. This might be because the Tigers have to real interest in signing the raw talent, according to a source.

Finally, if the Tigers defense is going to take a step up, they need their third baseman to pull his weight. Anthony Fenech with how Nick Castellanos has been working all offseason to get better defensively.

Report: Cabrera Could Be Cleared Tuesday – Ashley Dunkak, CBS Detroit

"Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera could be cleared to play Tuesday, when he goes for what should be his final checkup following offseason surgery, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News."

Source: Tigers ‘not that serious’ on Yoan Moncada – Tony Paul, Detroit News

"According to one source very close to the situation, it doesn’t appear likely. Asked to define the Tigers’ current level of interest, as many teams make their final push, the source said, “in my opinion, not that serious.”The Tigers held a private workout for Moncada, 19, a shortstop, back in January, and came away very impressed.Dave Dombrowski, Tigers president and general manager, told reporters earlier this month, “He’s a good player, no doubt.”Dombrowski, though, refused to say more than that, as the Tigers have continued to be tied to the Moncada market. Dombrowski does not discuss the status of negotiations with free agents."

Tigers’ 3B Castellanos must improve defense this season – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"“I can improve every single aspect of my game,” he told MLB Network Radio this afternoon. “So It’s not like there was one aspect – I’m good there so I’m just going to focus my game here – I think I’ve done a good job paying attention to every aspect of it.”But the Tigers made sure he paid attention to his defense at third base.Last week, Castellanos said, he spent four days in Lubbock, Texas with defensive coordinator Matt Martin, working on his footwork – most specifically his first step – and quickness at the hot corner.“He’s a very good defensive teacher,” Castellanos said. “He works hard and loves to get his guys better.”Castellanos said he’s taken a lot of ground balls this off-season and worked on a lot of footwork-related drills in order to improve defensively."

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