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Why Cabrera needs time at 3B...

I was against the move of Cabrera to 3B the day I heard about the signing of Prince, even though I loved getting Prince Fielder. My initial reaction was, living here in Green Bay, WI, that I've seen lots of Prince Fielder at 1B, in addition to virtually all of Miguel in his time with Detroit, and I just know that Cabrera is a better first baseman than Prince is defensively. I'm not saying Cabrera is a gold glover there, but he is better than Fielder, and just as importantly is bigger (taller) than Prince is which is a more inviting target. However, given time and thought, some research, I believe giving this move a chance makes sense. Cabrera not only has played the position (3B) before, but Fielder has never left first base, and while he is average to below there, he isn't God awful either. Cabrera also has a third baseman't arm. Even before it was said he was losing, and has evidentally lost weight to accomadate this move, I started to come around to the idea. I'm fairly certain he will never be better than average with somewhat below average range there, but I also believe he can be passable, and combined with his outstanding offense, one of the top "all around" hitters in the game, it will offset any issues he has with the glove. He also has years of experience and shows decent foot work at first and handles ground balls very well. Yes, it's a bit different at 3B, but if he can become a similar version of what Peralta is at SS (little range, makes most all routine plays), then this is a win/win for everyone. I'm still not overly confident that he will be good there with the glove, it's simply that in his particular case, I don't think it will matter at all. He simply must be given time, and not just in spring training, to go through any rough spots he very well may have early on.....


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