Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Winter Meetings: Breaking Down the Cabrera/Willis Trade

As most of you know already, last night the Tigers acquired Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Robello, and three decent minor league pitching prospects. This is the biggest trade in a long time, and could become the biggest trade since The Babe if all the players pan out.

Cameron Maybin could be the best hitter in baseball in 6 or 7 years. I believe he will be the next 40-40 guy in about ten years. He is the definition of a five tool player.

Andrew Miller was going to be the number one overall pick in the 2006 draft out of UNC, until he priced himself out of the Royals range. He fell to number six, where the Tigers gave him a nice signing bonus. He might end up better than Willis this year if Willis doesn't get his act together.

Mike Robelo is another great pickup. The Marlins got the young catcher they were looking for!

This could be the Marlins lineup in a few years:
1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Jeremy Hermida, RF
3. Cameron Maybin, CF
4. Dan Uggla, 2B
5. Mike Jacobs, 1B
6. Mike Robelo, C
7. Josh Willingham, LF
8. Alfredo Amezaga, 3B (they'll improve here I believe)
That could be an unbeatable lineup. If the Marlins would move out of that place now and make enough money to resign all of these players, they could establish a dynasty!

The only bad thing about this trade for baseball fans is that Dontrelle will no longer get to hit in the American League.

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