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Storylines: Tigers extend Cabrera to record deal

Storylines: Tigers extend Cabrera to record deal
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a two-run home run off of Baltimore Orioles starter Alfredo Simon in the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
March 28, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Thursday, March 27th.

Top Stories:

  • The Tigers are closing in on a huge new extension for star Miguel Cabrera, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports followed up with the news that the average annual value on the deal is expected to be in the range of $30 million per year on top of the two years and $44 million he is already owed under a prior extension. Cabrera will be under team control for an additional eight years and approximately $248 million. All together, the Tigers will control the two-time American League MVP through the 2023 season, his age-40 campaign. Heyman finished the news by reporting the deal includes two vesting options for $30 million apiece. As Heyman notes, if those options were to vest (or be picked up by the club), the total commitment from this point forward could reach $352MM over twelve years.
     
  • The Pirates have officially agreed to extend one of their young outfielders, locking up Starling Marte to a six-year, $31 million deal that includes two option years. The contract will kick in for the 2014 season, meaning that it will extend team control over the 25-year-old by three seasons.

Tribe News:

News and Notes:

  • Starlin Castro says he's open to moving from shortstop to accommodate star prospect Javier Baez, CSN Chicago's David Kaplan reported.
     
  • Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported that the Phillies have released outfielder Bobby Abreu.
     
  • Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported that the Astros claimed outfielder Alex Presley off of waivers from the Twins.
     
  • The Mariners officially signed starter Chris Young and designated Bobby LaFromboise for assignment to create space according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. 
     
  • Starter Rich Harden is still pursuing his throwing program and is planning to hold a mid-season showcase, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
     
  • Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reported that Athletics outfielder Michael Taylor has learned that he will not make the Opening Day roster.

User Comments

Joe Chengery
March 28, 2014 - 9:09 PM EDT
I certainly don't mind if they do it - it could hasten their demise quicker, especially since their farm system is weaker than the Indians (by a good margin at that).

The Indians will deal with Cabrera- that was to be dealt with anyway. The thing is, as time goes on, that will become easier. Good point, Matthew- that is a ton of money to tie up into older players, especially when you are not the Dodgers or Yankees (the Tigers are closer to the Indians in terms of financial wherewithal when you consider TV market and broadcasting rights than they are LA or NYC, along with others such as Boston).

Good point too, Hermie- While Cabrera could be tradeable if he continues to hit at an elite level, that will be difficult even halfway through that contract; by the end of that contract, his chances of hitting at an elite level are almost non-existent; combined with that ridiculous contract, he will be almost untradeable.
Themaven
March 28, 2014 - 3:19 PM EDT
Dombrowski has confirmed my low opinion of him with this deal.

It's insane on several levels and he's done it before with the Fielder deal that he sold out on at a loss.

The Fister deal this year,not having any kind of depth in case of injuries(Iglesias and Dirks) and not shoring up a bullpen which has cost them in the play offs for the last three seasons.

They better hope they get big seasons from the two ancient ones,Hunter and Nathan,because they're going to need them.
Hermie13
March 28, 2014 - 1:26 PM EDT
"Didn't many of us pan the deal Detroit signed Prince Fielder to a few years back for the down the road aspect?? Look how Detroit handled that one - move Prince along for another piece of the puzzle."

One issue with this deal though is unlike Prince, Miguel Cabrera has full no-trade protection for the rest of this deal. He acquired 10-5 rights last season...

Even if they want to deal him at some point, no guarantee they will be able too. Plus Prince's deal will be up in 2020 when he'll be 36. Miggy's deal goes into his 40s. So while the last year or two of Prince's deal may look bad...the 2nd half of Miggy's deal could get real ugly...
MT88 in WI
March 28, 2014 - 10:58 AM EDT
Didn't many of us pan the deal Detroit signed Prince Fielder to a few years back for the down the road aspect?? Look how Detroit handled that one - move Prince along for another piece of the puzzle.

I am stunned at the money and length of the Miggy deal & I agree it could be an anchor down the road. That said, Detroit has taken the approach of making trades and free agent signings to offset a lower farm system. Their choice, Time will tell if it works out or not.
Matthew
March 28, 2014 - 9:01 AM EDT
It's a really bad deal for DET. in 2017, they'll spend $85M on 4 players who are 35 or older. Even with Ilitch's deep pockets, those financial commitments will come home to roost.
Rocky55
March 28, 2014 - 8:41 AM EDT
Wow, that's the kind of contract you give to Mike Trout. When your main rival really starts screwing up, all you have to do is get out of his way and applaud his efforts. Go tigers!
Joe Chengery
March 28, 2014 - 12:24 AM EDT
Ten years?! Obviously, the Tigers were not paying attention to the Pujols contract (and to a lesser extent, the Hamilton contract). If Cabrera can keep his current level production for the next five years, it will be amazing, but ten? Never mind the fact that Cabrera had injury issues last season. This could really handcuff them down the line- the question is, how long does Cabrera remain as an elite hitter? I highly doubt ten, and am not certain even on five years. Three years I can see, maybe up to five if everything breaks right, but even by that point, he'll be in his mid-30s; even Big Papi has slowed down to an extent the past few seasons, and that was while he was in his mid-30s.

Also, does this suggest that they won't resign Scherzer? (Even DET has financial limits, and I don't think the Tigers were thrilled with Max rejecting their "very competitive offer.").

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