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Report: Tigers have opened up extension talks with Miguel Cabrera

Mar 23, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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The Tigers may have hit a roadblock in extension talks with starter Max Scherzer, so they have turned their attention to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the two sides are open to an extension, but the discussion remains at a preliminary stage. Cabrera moved over to first base after the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers during the off-season.

Cabrera, the American League’s back-to-back winner of the MVP award, turns 31 years old on April 18. He’ll earn $22 million in each of the 2014 and ’15 seasons — the last two years of an eight-year, $152.3 million deal signed back in March of 2008 — before becoming eligible for free agency, perhaps his last shot at a big multi-year deal. So, the Tigers will have to pay to keep him around.

Some question Cabrera’s ability to stay healthy and productive well into his 30’s, despite as consistent a track record as one can find. Since becoming a full-time player in 2001, Cabrera has played in at least 148 games and posted an OPS of at least .879. He is clearly on a Hall of Fame trajectory so long as he can continue staying healthy.

  1. thevikesarebest - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The vikings>every sports is boring.SKOL

    • chacochicken - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      They might let you stay up over at ProFascismTalk but it is a school night so off to bed, son.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      “baseball is boring”

      Same could be said about your shtick.

  2. nymets4ever - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    He’s Gonna Be a Met

    • chacochicken - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      I’m sorry to be the one to tell you but they are never going to trade Ike and will keep running him out there until 2017.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

  3. xjokerz - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    the longer my Tigers wait to get his deal done, the uglier it will look down the road.

  4. uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Gotta think that even though Cabrera will be touching 33 years old when he’s eligible for FA after the 2015 season he has to be looking to get 7 years guaranteed and between $190 and $210MM = $28MM + per.

  5. syphermce - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    If anyone deserves to be the highest paid player in baseball, it’s this man.

    • ptfu - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      Second only to Mike Trout!

  6. Carl Hancock - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    This is a tough situation given his age. While he won’t be a single team Hall of Famer, if he finishes his career out with the Tigers he’ll be heralded just as much by Detroit fans and baseball fans in general. I hope they work something out. Just like Pujols should have retired a Cardinal, Cabrera should retire a Tiger. Seeing him in any other uniform,just like Pujols in an Angels uniform, wouldn’t be the same.

  7. President Charles Logan - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM


    • ptfu - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      It wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Fruits and vegetables are good for you.

  8. rbj1 - Mar 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    “the last two years of an eight-year, $152.3 million deal signed back in March of 2008 — before becoming eligible for free agency, perhaps his last shot at a big multi-year deal.”

    What, 8 years and $152 million is no longer a big multi-year deal?

    • stex52 - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Welcome to the second decade of the 21st century. Until the cable deals all start to go broke, that is small potatoes. But in five years it will be a big deal again.

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