FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers "are engaged in preliminary talks" over a deal that would bring Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Motown. Among the players the Tigers would give up in return - as you would expect - are Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller.
Rosenthal states definitively that Cabrera would play third base in Detroit. Where that might leave Brandon Inge, if he wasn't included in the trade himself, isn't known.
Last season, Cabrera hit .320/.401/.565 with 34 home runs and 119 RBI. Should we mention that the kid's only 24 years old? And if you're worried about his weight, Cabrera has apparently been working hard to shed some of it this off-season. He's already down 15 pounds, according to Ozzie Guillen. Willis, meanwhile, went 10-15 with a 5.17 ERA in 2007. He'll soon turn 26 years old.
More later, as soon as I hear anything. It's a hot topic on Detroit sports talk radio, as you might imagine.
UPDATE: The Detroit News' Lynn Henning is reporting that Cabrera would not be a part of any deal between the Tigers and Marlins.
UPDATE #2: Jason Beck just appeared on WXYT-AM in Detroit and said he didn't think Detroit had the number of prospects (four to five major league ready players) Florida was looking for in such a deal.