Cabrera went into Tuesday's game against the Royals having committed one error. The Tigers are second among American League clubs with a .994 fielding percentage.
"He has done a great job," Leyland said. "There were four or five different types of plays [Monday at third base] and he made every single one of them. He's my third baseman, and I love him to death."
While acknowledging that Cabrera is not going to be as good a defensive third baseman as Brandon Inge, Leyland likes Cabrera's soft hands and strong arm.
"I mean, a great arm," Leyland said. "It doesn't look like it because he is so big and he's effortless. But if you were over there catching his throw, you would realize the velocity. He just flicks it."