As recently as a year ago, the notion of Cabrera leading this team would have been almost laughable.
A-Cab was young, inexperienced, and didn't display any tendencies that indicated he might be a good team leader.
But things change, and it now seems that Cabrera might be the best candidate of all to captain this ship.
Cabrera, once a hesitant youngster who appeared somewhat awestruck by the whole experience of being on a major league diamond, has slowly and quietly morphed into a player who displays the characteristics of a leader.
Now that he's become more comfortable with his own play and his role as shortstop, Cabrera has started to show signs of a willingness and desire to take responsibility for what is happening on the field and in the dugout overall.
There's no proof yet that Cabrera has the moxie or the willingness to succeed in the role, but he appears to be the best candidate for the job going into the season.