As if Joe Girardi didn’t have it bad enough, there’s already talk that stud lefty Dontrelle Willis and third baseman Miguel Cabrera are both going to be available at the trade deadline this summer because their contracts are about to go through the roof.
Willis is collecting $4.3 million this season and has two years of arbitration eligibility left, and Cabrera ($472,000) will reach arbitration status next off-season, when he’s likely to be worth at least $5 million.
There’s not a team in baseball, including the Cubs and Sox, who wouldn’t take a long look at the 24-year-old Willis.
The same goes for the 22-year-old Cabrera, an incredible offensive player who can play third, left and right.
True, he’s had some off-field character issues and based on that wouldn’t fit the Sox’ model, but he’s young, and fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen knows him from their days in Miami together.
A strong clubhouse has a way of eliminating those problems, so if Joe Crede were to suffer a major setback with his back, that’s one place the Sox would have to look.
The Cubs would also find a place to play him if they could snag such a valuable, young player.