Dewan: Is the Miguel Cabrera experiment working?

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on April 24, 2012:

Is the Miguel Cabrera experiment working?

So far, OK.

I guess Jim Leyland wouldn’t call it an experiment because he plans to keep Miguel at third base all season.  It was an experiment that failed the last time Leyland tried it when, after 14 games and five errors at the start of the season at third base in 2008, Cabrera was moved to first base, never to return to third…until this season.

Those errors and other misplays in 2008 cost the Tigers three runs defensively, based on our Defensive Runs Saved system.  This year, Cabrera has only cost Detroit one run defensively so far in their first 16 games.  That’s a smidgeon below average, but certainly acceptable given the offensive production Miguel provides.

Here is a comparison of Cabrera to this year’s best and worst third basemen so far.

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Originally published: April 26, 2012. Last Updated: April 26, 2012.