ESPN’s Jason Stark has the latest update on the Miguel Cabrera discussions.
First comes the settled part:
The two teams appear to have agreed that second baseman Howie Kendrick and catcher Jeff Mathis would be part of any deal.
But where it gets complicated is the Marlins demand for two top notch pitching prospects:
According to baseball men who have spoken with both teams, the clubs have talked about three young starting pitchers — Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders and the Angels’ best pitching prospect, Nick Adenhart. But the Angels apparently weren’t willing to trade two pitchers from that group without changes to the other half of the package.
Stark suggests that adding a center-fielder would reduce the Marlins pitching demand:
So it’s still possible that outfielder Reggie Willits, who could fill the Marlins’ center-field vacancy, could be substituted for one of the pitchers when the teams resume discussions.
I’m starting to think that unless the Fish can get 2 top pitching prospects and another majors-ready prospect, they won’t do the deal Cabrera and will wait until someone changes their mind in mid-season or during the next off-season.