The Walk-Off: Miguel Cabrera’s move to first is official, Brandon Phillips trade now unlikely

Big League Stew

The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.

IT'S OFFICIAL: As expected, the Detroit Tigers are moving Miguel Cabrera back to first base. Rookie Nick Castellanos will play third in 2014. [MLive]

THE LATEST: Brandon Phillips, who the Cincinnati Reds were said to be shopping, is now unlikely to be traded, writes Ken Rosenthal. [Fox Sports]

GOSSIP: Sounds like Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija might get traded during next week's Winter Meetings. Might be a good get for a few teams. [@JCrasnick]

GOOD READ: Is Jonathan Lucroy more valuable than Adrian Beltre? Find out as Jonah Keri begins his annual ranking of MLB players by trade value. [Grantland]

GOSSIP: The D-backs tried (and failed) to land Yoenis Cespedes in a trade with the Oakland A's. Proof Billy Beane doesn't just make any ol' trade. [Arizona Sports via Ken Rosenthal]

VOTE: In MLB's Social Media Awards, which includes categories such as #OMG! Play, Tweet of the Year and Selfie of the Year. Deadline is midnight ET Wednesday. []

GOSSIP: Free-agent first baseman James Loney is seeking a three-year contract valued at $27-$30 million. Who's lining up to grab him? [@JeffPassan]

GOSSIP: The Angels say they're not trying to trade Mark Trumbo — as reported last month — in their quest to acquire starting pitching. [L.A. Times]

GOOD READ: The inside story (for real, super inside) of how a reporter eavesdropped on Barry Bonds' grand jury testimony 10 years ago. [Deadspin]

NEWS: New Reds manager Bryan Price sets his coaching staff. [Yahoo Sports]

LAUGHS: Proposed sabermetic stats that need to be adopted, such as "ODBP - Old Dirty Bastard Percentage." We give that a shimmy shimmy ya. [Old Time Family Baseball]

RUMOR HAS IT: Carl Crawford is the alleged father of Evelyn Lozada's child — she was on the "Basketball Wives" reality show and once married Chad Ochocinco. [Hall of Very Good]

UPDATE: You'll recall that Deadspin has bought a Hall of Fame vote. The site has announced how it will let the public decide its ballot. The fun starts Thursday. [Deadspin]

FUN STUFF: You know the board game Operation? Here's the MLB offseason version. [Fox Sports]

LAUGHS: Fake Yelp reviews of the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season. [SB Nation]

DON'T MISS: The Stew's latest Answer Man interview, with smarter-than-you Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow. It's a good one. [Yahoo Sports]

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