All of the attention is being focused on Prince Fielder, and with good reason.
He is an elite power hitter joining a team that nearly made the World Series.
All of the attention is a welcomed sight for Tigers fans. We love the fact that our team is in the spotlight.
And the person that is more relieved than anyone that the attention is being heaped on Fielder is one Miguel Cabrera.
If we are talking about Prince, we aren't talking about him, his drinking problem or his fluctuating weight.
We also aren't talking about whether he will have protection in the lineup, and whether he can carry the Tigers offense.
This allows him the perfect spot. He is out from under the media scrutiny, but he is playing for a team in the spotlight.
He also has more protection than he ever has had, and this should translate into fewer intentional walks and more opportunities to hit with runners on base.
As of right now, the plan is for Fielder to bat cleanup and Cabrera to finally move into his ideal spot of third.
As the third batter, he can utilize his stellar OBP in the first inning, and he also has the opportunity to not only extend innings, but bring home those that are hitting ahead of him.
Too often last year, the first three batters got out, leaving Cabrera to hit with the bases empty in the second inning.
That's fine and dandy, Cabrera can hit in any situation. But he hit .379 with runners on base, and .312 with the bases empty.
This will lead to excellent opportunities to hit within the game, and not put too much pressure on himself.
I think Cabrera, barring either Prince or Jose Bautista going off, can be in the running for the triple crown this year, and given how well Detroit is likely to play, should have an easy opportunity for the MVP.
I think a batting average close to last year's .344 is likely, with close to 40 home runs and at least 120 RBI.
If Detroit runs away with their division again, this should put him in the front-runner spot as the MVP.