While baseball contracts today are a bit ridiculous, the Detroit Tigers knew they would have to spend a record number to keep Miguel Cabrera in Detroit for life. The slugger who is considered the best hitter in baseball definitely earned a record contract as he has set the league on fire for the past couple of seasons.
Dave Dombrowski is known as a general manager who likes to make his players happy and who likes to pursue huge deals that could change the outlook of the franchise for the long run.
Signing Cabrera to a reported eight-year extension worth about $248 million looks to be a bit of a hefty price, but the guy has been as clutch and reliable as they come in MLB today. In fact, since joining the Tigers in 2008, Cabrera has never hit less than 30 home runs and never hit less than 103 RBI.
With 227 home runs and 737 RBI in six seasons with Detroit, the slugger’s huge extension seems to be long overdue.
The extension happens to be eight years worth about $248 million. Add that together with what he’s owed for the next two seasons and Cabrera is set to make around $292 million over the next 10 years.
Keeping Cabrera on until he retires seems like the best option for the franchise because the city of Detroit loves him and the feelings seem mutual. Retiring a Tiger would be great for the franchise as he will go down as one of the greats to even don the Old English D. In fact, he will go down as one of the best players of all time.
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