Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was released from a Florida jail Thursday morning after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, a day before he was supposed to show up at spring training.
Cabrera, 27, has struggled with drinking-related problems in the past. Last season was perhaps his best in the majors when he hit .328 with 38 home runs and was second in American League MVP voting.
Cabrera was spotted by a deputy late Wednesday in a car with a smoking engine alongside a road in Fort Pierce, Fla., about 110 miles southeast of the Tigers’ camp in Lakeland.
The All-Star smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.
He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting an officer without violence. He posted $1,350 bond and was released from jail at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.
The Blue Jays and Jose Bautista, who led the majors with 54 homers last season, finalized a $65 million, five-year contract. Former Mariners first baseman Russell Branyan signed a minor-league deal with Arizona and was a non-roster invitee to spring training. Yorvit Torrealba lost his grievance against the New York Mets, who chose not to complete a $14.4 million, three-year signed agreement with the catcher in November 2007 because he didn’t pass the physical. The Rockies signed former Mets right-hander John Maine to a minor-league deal. Oft-injured Athletics right-hander Rich Harden is expected to miss two weeks after experiencing stiffness in the lat muscle below his pitching arm when he tried to throw. The Rangers agreed to terms on 2011 contracts with AL Rookie of the Year closer Neftali Feliz, who had a major-league rookie-record 40 saves last season, and outfielder Julio Borbon. MLB International will host an elite camp in Brazil for the first time for top junior players from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. Former All-Stars Barry Larkin and Wally Joyner will be instructors for the sessions in Ibiuna from Feb. 21-24 and Sao Paulo on Feb. 25.