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Miguel Cabrera is being held together with some Big League Chew

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Miguel Cabrera

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is hurt and not with one injury but a multitude of them.

After his walk-off home run Thursday night with marked his first dinger in 22-games, Cabrera outlined his laundry list of injuries that have hampered him this season. The injuries include a his back, an oblique strain (which never seems to fully go away through out the season), groin strain and now a hip flexor.

With all that, the Tigers first baseman has refused to sit according to ESPN:

“I’ve been struggling,” he told reporters after his game-winning, opposite-field home run in the ninth inning lifted the Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. “But I always stay positive.”

“No, no, no,” Cabrera said. “I played with a broken foot. If I’m able to go out there and do my job, I’m going to do it.”

So how has that translated to this season? Well the Tigers are 13-17 over their last thirty games and have less than a half month now to get things turned around before their self-imposed deadline before a potential fire sale.

As far as his personal stats, here’s CBS Sports to outline that:

Perhaps those injuries explain why Cabrera hasn’t been as productive as his usual self. He entered Friday batting .280/.378/.446 — good for a 122 OPS+ that would be the lowest of his career. Cabrera has previously never finished a full season with an OPS+ below 130. Of course, a banged-up Cabrera is better than most hitters, including almost all his teammates — he ranks third on the Tigers among qualified hitters — he’s just not quite on the level that everyone has come to expect. His power production is down (his .166 ISO is 30 points lower than his previous career-low); his strikeout rate would be his most severe since he was 21 years old and his batting average would represent the first time he’s hit below .300 since 2008 — and the first time he’s hit below .290 since 2003. You get the point.

As Cabrera’s injuries continue to add up what remains clear in regards to that potential fire sale is no one is going to want to take a chance on a guy who’s on the wrong side of 30 with a shit ton of injuries and bloated contract. At least a team isn’t going to take a chance on him while giving worthwhile pieces in return.

In any sense what this continues to mean is Cabrera, given his age and physical makeup probably is going to be dealing with these same health setbacks throughout the rest of the career.

So what needs to happen?

It seems pretty simple. Get him off his feet as much as you can, which means writing a check to Victor Martinez in the offseason to make him go away. From there you move Cabrera to DH and hopefully extend his shelf life.

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