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Hot Stove Open Thread & Big Trade

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We open a new thread for a new day of winter meetings, but can anything really top this one?


Though neither the Tigers nor Marlins officials were commenting on the record about their agreement on an eight-player mega-trade, expected to be announced Wednesday pending review of medical records, the aftershocks were already shaking the rest of the league and officials at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. By acquiring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo and Minor Leaguers Dallas Trahern, Eulogio De La Cruz and Burke Badenhop, the Tigers will give up what might be an unprecedented amount of future talent in recent memory for an infusion of present power that instantly makes Detroit a team for opponents to fear in 2008.

If all goes through as planned, pending the physicals, this will be a monster trade, and should easily vault Detroit into contention for the top AL spot next year.

And there is little doubt that everyone in baseball knows the worth of these two players, but since there’s a little bit of FJM in me, I found this to be particularly amusing:

Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera have won World Series titles [in 2003], which is the main goal for this organization. They have experience and great leadership abilities. Plus they have proven they can perform at a high level on a big stage.

I tell you what; that’s the first thing I look for when choosing a player. Have they been on a team that has won a World Series? Check! Experience and leadership? Double check! Can they perform at a high level on a big stage? It’s like Christmas! Whatever happened to just saying, "Hey, we got Cabrera and Willis and you don't." I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the 'why we picked up those particular players' is implied.

Seriously, though. Should having a World Series’ ring even be listed in the criteria? There are a ton of players I would take that have never played in a series, and a ton I would never take that have. That is extremely non-useful information to me.

But let's be honest; I’m green with envy. Miguel Cabrera is the hottest pickup since A-rod, and practically a decade younger, and if he has to come to the AL, I’m sure glad he’s not in the West.

In other hot stove gossip, Santana is still on the market; the A’s are still waiting to make a move that will shock and pleasantly surprise us (what? I can’t dream?), and there are still whispers of trade rumors from every corner of MLB.

But I don’t think they are topping today’s trade.