With Prince Fielder, Just What Is The Tigers' Defensive Plan?

The Detroit Tigers lost Victor Martinez. The Detroit Tigers added Prince Fielder. Terrific! And so simple. See, Martinez was a DH, so Fielder could just come and DH, and it's all really easy, at least for a year until Martinez comes back.

It won't be that easy. Here's the situation for now, according to Jason Beck:

Sounds like #Tigers will have a rotation going at corner infield spots, including Cabrera playing 3rd base on some days.

The Tigers have Prince Fielder locked up for a while. He's a first baseman. The Tigers have Miguel Cabrera locked up for a while. He's a first baseman. The Tigers have Brandon Inge locked up. He's a third baseman. There's also Don Kelly, who might factor somehow, and Delmon Young should probably be a DH, and...

It's honestly not that complicated, when you realize that Fielder and Cabrera are going to play every day. They're Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers will find room. But Cabrera will get time at the hot corner, and you'll want to pay close attention to how he does, since Martinez is under contract through 2014. A smooth adjustment would be a lot nicer than a less smooth and probable adjustment.

As a teenager, Miguel Cabrera used to be a shortstop. They pretty much all used to be shortstops. That always tickles me.

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