Detroit Tigers Ink Miguel Cabrera to $248M Mega-Extension
Miguel Cabrera, first baseman and hitter extraordinaire, has just signed an eight-year extension with the Detroit Tigers worth $248 million, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Cabrera, 30, is coming off of his fourth straight All-Star season and his second consecutive American League MVP award. With two years left on his current deal, the Tigers have effectively paid for the next ten years of Cabrera’s career.
Whether or not that’s a good idea is anyone’s guess. Sure, Cabrera’s in what Deadspin calls ”the prime of his prime” right now, but as that blog points out, “No one, not even a player as durable as Cabrera, can be the same hitter at age 40 as at age 30.” As it stands, Cabrera will be under contract until 2023. He has been with the team since 2008.
Last season, the Tigers finished 93-69, losing in the ALCS to the eventual world champion Boston Red Sox. The team looks to stay competitive after contract negotiations with the 2013 Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer, hit a snag earlier in the week. It was reported that Scherzer had rejected an offer that would have made him one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball, according to the Tigers.