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October 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning in game five of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera will switch to 1B for 2014

It was announced on Wednesday by Tigers GM, Dave Dombrowski, that Miguel Cabrera will officially play first base for the 2014 season.

The 2013 AL MVP wanted to move from third base to first base once Prince Fielder was traded to the Texas Rangers a few weeks back.

From NBC Sports,

No surprise, certainly, as Cabrera was banged up physically a lot this year and has long been stretched defensively at third base. He played first base almost exclusively from 2008-2011 before moving to make room for Fielder.

 

Nick Castellanos is now slated to be the Opening Day third baseman after the 21-year-old prospect spent most of this year playing left field at Triple-A. Castellanos previously played third base full time in 2010 and part time in 2011, and he’s considered one of the better all-around position player prospects in baseball. Despite being very young for the International League he hit .276 with 18 homers and a .793 OPS in 134 games this year before making his MLB debut in September.

It looks like it will be a good decision for Detroit, as Castellanos is happy to be back at his old position again. What do you think of the switch? Leave a comment below.

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