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It seems a little ridiculous to say that someone as established and renowned as Miguel Cabrera is in for a breakout, but it really is the truth. We have only seen a shade of what Miggy can do and the whole picture is about to come into view.
With all due respect to Victor Martinez, this is the first time in his career that Cabrera is really being protected in the batting order. While Martinez was a step in the right direction, his lack of power did little to deter pitchers from pitching around Cabrera. Fielder does not lack power. Cabrera will see more pitches to hit this year than any other year of his career.
Moving to third base will be a massive adjustment for the big guy, but he is going to be up for it. He will probably only have to play there part-time this year, giving him time to get re-acclimated to his old stomping ground. Cabrera has a good arm. He has a desire to be great and an unselfish outlook. It may sound crazy, but I think he's going to be alright.
The final area in which Cabrera is going to breakout this year is with his leadership. Losing Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez leaves a major void in veteran leadership in the clubhouse. Cabrera has clearly matured over the last several years. I look to him and Verlander to become to outspoken leaders for this team, a championship level team.
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