MLB: Reports: Tigers, Cabrera agree to mega-contract
Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player, is about to get a pay raise.
According to multiple media outlets, the slugger and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a lucrative, long-term contract extension Thursday.
CBSSports.com reported that Cabrera would get a contract that runs at least seven years and pays more than $200 million. According to FoxSports.com, the deal would run at least six years beyond Cabrera’s current contract, which expires after 2015, and it would pay around $30 million per year.
Cabrera signed an eight-year, $152.3 million deal in March 2008. In the final two seasons of that contract, he will make $22 million this year and about the same next year, though he could earn a bit more through incentive bonuses.
Last year, Cabrera led the American League in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.636). In 2012, he captured the Triple Crown, topping the league in average (.330), home runs (44) and RBIs (139).
Cabrera, 30, is an eight-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner. Prior to winning consecutive MVPs, he ranked among the top five in MVP voting five times.
After spending the past two seasons as a third baseman, Cabrera is moving back to first base this year.
Cabrera broke into the majors with the Marlins in 2003, and he helped Florida win the World Series that year. He played five seasons for Florida before he was traded to Detroit in December 2007 along with left-hander Dontrelle Willis for six players, including outfielder Cameron Maybin, right-hander Burke Badenhop and left-hander Andrew Miller.
A deal with Cabrera would tie up a second member of the Tigers’ nucleus for the long term. Right-hander Justin Verlander signed a seven-year, $180 million deal in March 2013, and right-hander Max Scherzer, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, recently turned down a lengthy contract that reportedly would have paid him around $24 million per year.
Scherzer is due to become a free agent after the 2014 season.