Today the Detroit Tigers announced an eight year contract extension with 2x MVP Migeul Cabrera. The extension is worth $248 million and begins after his current contract expires in 2016. When you add in the remaining $44 million left on his current deal that means Miggy is set to make $292 million over the next ten years making him the highest paid player in baseball history.
Lately much has been made of Mike Illitch’s free spending and this whale of a deal is already being harpooned by media as too costly and damaging to the Tigers future. It is a costly deal and it will be potentially expensive toward the end of Cabrera’s career but here are a few more things fans should consider when evaluating this deal.
- Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter on the planet right now and is tracking to become one of the best ever to play the game.
- Cabrera is a once in a lifetime player and could still be producing solid numbers at the end of his career and could be challenging for the career home run record.
- Miggy’s career is tracking like that of Hall Of Fame slugger Hank Aaron and Cabrera has 46 more homers than Aaron did after 11 seasons.
The Tigers certainly offered Migeul Cabrera a lot of money (he is worth it by the way) but Miggy didn’t have to take it. He could have planned to hit the free agent market in two years and get his big money in a bigger or warmer market. Instead he chose to stay here in Detroit. Detroiter’s who are upset (or jealous) about his contract should keep in mind that the greatest player in baseball today has chosen to stay with us here in Detroit. Tigers fans should embrace that.