I’ve got to hand it to Miguel Cabrera. When it comes to an interesting police report, his is in a category all by himself.
In case you missed it, Cabrera was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving.
Here’s how Scripps Howard described the traffic stop:
A deputy asked Cabrera who was with him.
“I am going to (expletive) kill him,” Miguel Cabrera is quoted as saying.
The deputy saw no one else in the black 2005 Land Rover or in the area. Cabrera grabbed a bottle of James Buchanan Scotch and started drinking.
Cabrera, whose eyes were bloodshot and speech “heavily slurred,” was handcuffed and walked towards a patrol vehicle before being told to get in the vehicle.
“Do you know who I am, you don’t know anything about my problems,” Cabrera is quoted as saying.
A deputy reported Cabrera was put in handcuffs after not following orders. Cabrera also “kept running out in the road with his hands up.”
A deputy asked Cabrera to get his a patrol vehicle, and he said, “(Expletive) you.”
Cabrera pushed off a vehicle into a deputy, who “delivered 3-4 knee spikes” into Cabrera’s left thigh.
Cabrera missed the Tigers’ first day of a full-squad practice Saturday.
Should he be absent from your fantasy roster this season?
It depends on how much risk you want to take.
For me, I like to minimize my risk in fantasy leagues, especially with early picks, something that should still be needed to acquire Cabrera this season.
So, no, I won’t draft Cabrera. I probably won’t take him late in drafts either.
But, if you’re the type of owner that likes to be bold and brash, draft a bold and brash player like Cabrera.
O-Cab is an Indian: The Indians picked up Orlando Cabrera, making him the likely starter at second base. Cabrera has seen his better days, so I wouldn’t get too excited over his fantasy prospects. It would be more interesting to hear the double-play call on the radio of Cabrera-to-Cabrera. O-Cab is a low-end option in the middle infield.
Harden is hurt: The A’s are going to shut down pitcher Rich Harden for a couple weeks. Even though camps have just started, this is a huge warning sign.
Bucs name closer: Joel Hanrahan will close for the Pirates. I wouldn’t move him to the top half of the relievers just yet, but it does increase his value. Watch him this spring.
– Rick Green