Tigers reach preliminary agreement with Marlins to acquire Cabrera and Willis Print
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Tuesday, 04 December 2007 15:09
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 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Detroit Tigers reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday to acquire Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Florida Marlins for a package of six players, an unexpected blockbuster trade that developed quickly at the winter meetings.
In a huge deal that took the spotlight away from Boston's pursuit of Johan Santana, Florida gets lefty Andrew Miller, outfielder Cameron Maybin and four other prospects from the Tigers, a baseball official with knowledge of the talks said on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been finalized.
Willis was on vacation when he heard the news.
``I'm in Mexico right now with my family. I'm kind of busy,'' he told The Associated Press.
The Marlins also receive catcher Mike Rabelo and right-handers Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz and Dallas Trahern. The players involved must pass physicals for the deal to be completed.
``It's very serious, but nothing is finalized yet because some issues need to get worked out,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland told the AP.
Florida didn't even approach the Tigers until Tuesday morning. The Marlins told the Tigers they could have the two stars for those six players, then Detroit called back about two hours later and agreed.
``If it does happen, obviously they're getting two very good players,'' said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who managed the Marlins in 2006. ``Miguel Cabrera is one of the finest hitters in the game. He can do so many things with a bat, whether you want him to hit a home run for you, you want to hit and run, work the count, get on base. And Dontrelle Willis has been one of the premier lefties in the National League.''
Detroit had not been considered a contender for Cabrera or Willis.
``It was kind of like, wow, when I heard. I halfway expected one of them to get traded, but not both in the same deal. So it's a little bit of a shock,'' Marlins left fielder Josh Willingham said.
will be tough to replace those guys.''
Boston, meanwhile, was focused on Santana, the Minnesota Twins' two-time Cy Young Award winner. Finding the price too high, the Yankees ended their efforts to acquire the 28-year-old left-hander.
Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner had set a Monday deadline for an agreement with the Twins.
``A deadline is a deadline. It was pretty much done as of this morning,'' he said. ``He's a fine pitcher, but there's a lot of things that go into this. This isn't fantasy baseball.''
Boston had offered the Twins packages built either around pitcher Jon Lester or outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, but not both.
``I know there's a lot of speculation that we're close to something big,'' Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. ``Until we reach an agreement, then we're not that close.''
New York had proposed pitcher Phil Hughes and center fielder Melky Cabrera. The Twins dropped their demand that pitcher Ian Kennedy be included, but the sides couldn't agree on a third player.
``To tell you the truth, toward the end, Minnesota negotiated in good faith. They really did,'' Steinbrenner said. ``I have no problem with them.''
Twins general manager Bill Smith wouldn't discuss the talks specifically. He also refused to get into whether he was upset with Steinbrenner's repeated public comments about negotiations. When asked about Steinbrenner, Smith responded with praise for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
``I have the greatest respect for Brian Cashman. He's a gentleman. He's a classy professional in this game,'' Smith said. ``I don't have any problems with the Yankees. They've been good to the Twins. They've been good to the Twins for a lot of years.''
In other news:
-Power-hitting outfielder Jose Guillen and the Kansas City Royals reached a preliminary agreement on a $36 million, three-year contract, a deal subject to him passing a physical.
-NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy and the San Diego Padres reached a preliminary agreement on a $52 million, three-year extension through 2012, a deal subject to a physical.
-Reliever Will Ohman and infielder Omar Infante were dealt to the Atlanta Braves from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Jose Ascanio.
-Denny Bautista was acquired by the Tigers from the Colorado Rockies for Jose Capellan in a swap of right-handed pitchers.
-The Yankees reached a tentative agreement to trade Tyler Clippard to the Washington Nationals for Jonathan Albaladejo in an exchange of young pitchers.
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AP Sports Writers Larry Lage in Detroit, Stephen Wine in Miami and Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.
 

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