Miguel Cabrera Has Reportedly Lost 20-25 Pounds

The Prince Fielder signing means that Miguel Cabrera will be moving to third base this season. According to Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Cabrera has slimmed down considerably in preparation of playing his old position.

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PHOTO: Miguel Cabrera Has Lost 20-25 Pounds

Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila was on ESPN with Karl Ravech the other day talking about the upcoming season. Shortly before Avila's segment, Ravech teased it by tweeting that Avila would be joining the show and that he has been working out this offseason with Miguel Cabrera, who has lost 25 pounds!

Avila also talked to The Detroit News and didn't call it 25 pounds, but still said Cabrera has lost 20-plus pounds and that he intends on losing at least another 15!

"Since Prince Fielder signed," said Alex Avila, the Tigers' catcher who works out with Cabrera in Florida, "he's thrown himself into being a third baseman. It's all he's thinking about."

Avila spoke about Cabrera's conditioning program on Friday with ESPN, but also over the phone with The Detroit News. Avila said Cabrera has lost 20-plus pounds with the intention of losing "at least 15 more."

"You know, you can make up your mind that you're going to be able to do something," Avila said, "but in this situation, Miguel has thrown himself into doing everything he can to do the best job he can."

Cabrera showed up to camp last year at about 270 pounds and was recently pegged at around 265 (presumably after he started losing weight). The expectation was that he'd be around 250 for Spring Training, as Leyland has been on record as saying that he would not want Cabrera any lighter than that because of fear he'd lose pop in his bat. It sounds like Cabrera may be getting down to his playing weight with the Marlins, though, which was around 240.

Here's a picture of a clearly slimmer Cabrera with Magglio Ordonez at their training facility in Florida:



Miguel Cabrera to play third base

The Detroit Tigers signed free agent slugger Prince Fielder today. Yawn, I know. Nobody is celebrating and everyone is dying to know what this means for Brandon Inge, I'm sure.

Well, news is not good for him. According to MLIVE, Miguel Cabrera will be moving back to his "natural" position -- Inge's position:

Cabrera confirmed the addition of Fielder will result in him shifting to third base in 2012 -- a position he last played in 2008.

"Return to third base," Cabrera told the Lider's César Augusto Márque, "that is my natural position."

The Tigers reportedly approached Cabrera about Fielder prior to the deal to gauge his interest in shifting to third and Cabrera expressed no hesitation.

Cabrera is a better first baseman than Fielder, but Cabrera has played over 3,000 innings at third base in his career, so having him move to the other corner obviously makes the most sense. Now, he has a negative UZR and drops the Tigers into the bottom third of the league amongst defensive third baseman, a regression from the middle of the pack in terms of that metric, but keep in mind that Cabrera's best season at third base was better than Brandon Inge last season (granted it was in about 500 fewer innings). Still, poor Brandon Inge.

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