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Basically with the state of the Florida Marlins they are willing to hear offers for Miguel Cabrera. Last year there was clamoring over the hot stove above Cabrera being available. Although most reports from Florida denied they had any interest to move him.
With two years left until free agency, the Marlins have put the word out they are listening, but it’s going to take a lot to get him.
For the Marlins this is a good time to try to trade Cabrera. They can get significant trade value for him because the contract is more than 2 years, and it gives teams a chance to sign Cabrera to a deal before he reached free agency.
For say the Red Sox, Yankees or Dodgers this deal could make a whole lot of sense. If they can aquire him with high level prospects. For the Red Sox this probably means Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, or Jed Lowrie. A nice mix of two or three high level prospects. If one of these organizations can get him they can offer him a crazy deal. A deal he would probably get more than in FA but two years earlier and affordable for the organization. If the offer comes 6 years and 108 million, or 18 million a year, it would make sense for Cabrera to sign and give up four years of not reaching free agency.
I would love this move by the Red Sox. It would give another power bat guaranteed to be one of the best in the game for as long as he plays. What it would take to acquire him is a huge issue but like Hanley Ramirez for Josh Beckett it’d be a win win.
It hasn’t even been a week from a Red Sox World Series win and I’m already getting excited about next year. I love baseball.
Here’s what Peter Gammons had to say at his blog at ESPN.com:
While the free-agent markets for Alex Rodriguez and Mike Lowell promise to spin upward and onward, industry sources say that clubs have been notified there is another major bat and third baseman on the market — Florida’s Miguel Cabrera. At the age of 20, Cabrera hit three homers in the NLCS against the Cubs in 2003; then in the World Series, he was dusted by Roger Clemens, got up and drove a home run to right-center field.
With their immediate economic situation unsettled because of uncertainty surrounding a new stadium, the Marlins have no choice but to market the 24-year old superstar, who is two years from free agency and will be on the free-agent market before owner Jefferey Loria can move into that ballpark. According to sources, the asking price will be enormously steep, but why not? While there have been some defensive issues for Cabrera at third base, he ranks as one of the most powerful and productive infield corner bats in the game. Trading for a 24-year-old middle-of-the-order third/first baseman should bring Florida at least three significant young players.
Remember, when the Marlins had to trade Josh Beckett under similar circumstances, they targeted and received Hanley Ramirez, who in two years has blossomed into one of the game’s premier stars.
The Yankees, who may lose Rodriguez, will certainly be in, but they would have to include Phil Hughes, which is unlikely. The Red Sox, who may lose Lowell, will likely be in as well, but they will have to start with right-hander Clay Buchholz. The Dodgers, who need a middle-of-the-order bat, would seem to have the most to offer with left-hander Clayton Kershaw, left-hander Scott Elbert, right-handed reliever Jonathan Meloan and third baseman Andy LaRoche. The Angels also have a cornucopia of prospects, if they are not in the A-Rod sweepstakes.