Miguel Cabrera fields a ball hit by Melky Cabrera in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
The latest from around MLB...
- So, you've probably heard about and/or seen (if you haven't seen, you can see it after the jump) Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera take a hot shot off his face. The resulting injury - a laceration and a slight orbital bone fracture - will keep him out for at least a couple weeks. But that's only where the story begins, as this represents the rare opportunity to literally add insult to injury - something folks have been doing, in spades, over the past day and a half. The genesis of those insults, of course, is not the cold-heartedness of baseball fans (I tend to think that, deep down, none of us actually wants to see a player get hurt), but instead is the Tigers' foolish decision to move an inept-fielding first baseman over to the far more difficult hot corner. Baseball Prospectus' Ben Lindbergh takes the opportunity provided by the injury to not only poke some fun at Cabrera and his move to third, but also to drop some knowledge about the extreme nature of his move. In short: guys just don't make this kind of defensive move at this stage in their careers, and, when they do, they tend to be exceptional defensive players at their original position. Cabrera was one of the worst defensive first baseman in baseball. This cannot end well.
- Texas Rangers lefty - and proud owner of the greatest crustache this side of middle school - Derek Holland just got a five-year, $28.5 million extension from the Rangers. The team gets a couple options at the end of the deal ($11 million and $11.5 million), and the extension buys out his three arbitration years and first year of free agency. It's pretty much the going rate for young pitchers approaching arbitration.
- From the happy end of the young pitcher spectrum to the sad: Braves' pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino is going under the knife. Yes, it's Tommy John surgery for Vizcaino, who'll miss the entire 2012 season. The 21-year-old will hope to be back in time for the start of 2013 - return times for TJS are getting faster and faster.
- Johnny Damon is the best player without a job, says SI's Tom Verducci. Damon's heard from a number of teams, but none are willing to make a commitment right now (at a time when they want to see what they've got in their own players).
- ESPN is ranking the top 500 players in all of baseball and they've got 401 to 500 up now. I can't really imagine taking something like this on, where a player could reasonably and arguably be ranked 100(!) spots higher by one voter over another. (An unfortunate number of Cubs are already listed, with Chris Volstad at 402, Randy Wells at 407, Jeff Samardzija at 447, Darwin Barney at 472, and Reed Johnson at 490.)
- Drew Storen has a Batmobile.
- Oh, and about that Miguel Cabrera face shot (from our very own Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation):