The trade that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit broke many hearts in South Florida and today, thanks to ESPN.com, we get the first official images of Detroit’s newest Tigers. If you’ve opened ’08 Topps, you have already seen the cheap-looking airbrush job they pulled for the Dontrelle and Miguel base cards. This is the real thing.
So how will our two lost Marlins do in ’08? Well, for starters, Miguel Cabrera is just 24 years old and already has three 30+ home run seasons and four 100+ RBI years, all while remaining in the .300 region, including a career-high .339 in 2006. Even if he falls into a slump having to adjust to American League pitching, a 40 home run, 120 R.B.I, and .320 season is not out of the question. Oh, and if the Tigers win the division, which they are favored to do—that’s an easy unanimous M.V.P award for Miggy.
Dontrelle Willis, who won 22 games in 2005—has lost 27 in the last two seasons and has barely gotten into double digits in wins since then. He is just 25 years old and has pitched 200 innings or more in the last three seasons and his lifetime 4.17 E.R.A will be more than enough for the Tigers, who had 4 different players hit 20 or more home runs and that was without Miguel Cabrera.
Hell, unless Manny can prove that his best days aren’t behind him, Josh Beckett doesn’t miss the entire season with blisters, and Big Pappy can stay healthy…you might as well give the Tigers the American League crown and watch as they fall to the New York Mets in 7.