5 Detroit Tigers Who Are Set To Break The Bank

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5 Detroit Tigers Who Are Set To Break The Bank

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Back up the Brink's truck because there are five Detroit Tigers who are set to be receiving pretty big checks in the next few years. Each of these players will be able to live my lifelong dream of having a swimming pool made just out of Jello, but while some may opt not to do that their ability to do so that should make everyone jealous.

Mr. Ilitch has already made the Detroit Tigers one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball, and there seems to be no end in sight. Still these five contracts coming up may be pushing the envelope a little too far, and it would not be surprising to see the Tigers pass on a few of the players listed. There is no way the Tigers can let go of everyone listed as these are the cogs that have allowed the Tigers to run this season.

What would you do with $200 million? Would you buy the full 20 piece Chicken McNuggets? Would you buy a tricycle with full rims and a golden basket just because? You could do all that and so much more. How about buying all of Detroit? Would Eminem and Kid Rock be included or would that cost extra? You could afford them if you wanted to.

All jokes aside, the decisions the Tigers need to make are going to be important ones given that they have just unloaded the bank for Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder. Mr. Ilitch has a lot of money, but it is not infinite and a line obviously has to be drawn somewhere. The question is where is the line going to fall? Miguel Cabrera? Max Scherzer? Sometime the musical chairs is going to end and someone will be left out.

Brent Smith is a Detroit Tigers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @brentweets or add him to your network on Google

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5. Omar Infante

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Omar Infante is a free agent this upcoming offseason, and there is about as much depth at 2nd base league-wide as there is depth in having a scientific conversation with Kate Upton.

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4. Doug Fister

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Doug Fister currently has a one-year contract set at $4 million, but expect that price to shoot up especially when he hits the open market. There is a great demand for pitchers, and Fister could easily be a very solid 2nd/3rd starter on any team.

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3. Joaquin Benoit

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The Tigers are probably planning to let Joaquin Benoit go because he is going to demand top dollar either as a top setup man or a closer on the free agent market. The Tigers would rather go ahead and use cheaper options, but Benoit is going to get serious money from someone next season.

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2. Max Scherzer

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If striking while the iron is hot ever applied to a baseball player it would be Max Scherzer. The biggest name in pitching this season and Scott Boras as an agent means $20 million a year will be a nice starting point. It's unlikely the Tigers re-sign him and they could likely trade him this offseason or next year, but if the Tigers don't win the World Series this year never underestimate Mr. Ilitch.

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1. Miguel Cabrera

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Miguel Cabrera can have as many Jello filled swimming pools as he wants. There is no way the Tigers could ever let him go. Luckily they still have a little time before having to get a contract done, but the earlier the better because if the Tigers don't offer up the mega millions, someone else will.

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