March 27, 2014

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension: Miguel Cabrera’s bid to become one of the greatest hitters of all time apparently will take place in a Detroit Tigers uniform. Fox Sports reports the extension is for 8 years and $248 million ($31 million per year), the second deal in baseball history worth at least $30 million per season.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 09:59 PM - 8 comments

An early peek at Mike Trout's dreams tonight after hearing about this deal:

posted by grum@work at 10:24 PM on March 27, 2014

They could have just bought Detroit for that amount. Given the state of things there, that contract never should have been publicized.

Think of what the Dodgers could do with that kind of money. Add an extra utility infielder and a batboy.

Lovin' grum's Scrooge loop.

posted by beaverboard at 09:08 AM on March 28, 2014

And to think, he'll be a pure DH (IMO) for a good chunk of this contract...

Good for you, Miggy.

posted by DraftSharksFF at 10:42 AM on March 28, 2014

Guess I missed the news about Brian Cashman moving to the Tigers this offseason.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on March 28, 2014

Come on SI, tell us how you really feel: "And of course, we now know that everything connected to A-Rod is dipped in sewage."

Still, despite Illitch's age and overweening desire to win the World Series I don't see how this contract gets him closer to that than waiting at least a year or offering similar per year money for 4-6 years.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:02 PM on March 28, 2014

The Tigers were lucky enough to get out of the stupid contract they gave to Prince Fielder, so what do they do? Give this kind of money to Cabrera. Brilliant.

posted by dyams at 12:30 PM on March 28, 2014

This is like the Pujols deal (and boy, did the Cardinals dodge a bullet on that one) -- paying a player for what he has done and not what he is likely to do. That said, if baseball is really as flush as is being reported right now, and revenues continue to go up, the $30MM per year may not be as crippling in 4-6 years when he really starts to decline as it looks now on paper.

posted by holden at 01:23 PM on March 29, 2014

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