Did the Tigers make a mistake by signing Miguel Cabrera to a 10-year, $292M extension?
He's currently the best hitter on the planet, without any debate.
But at 30 years old (31 on April 18), is he actually worth a 10 year extension for $292 million?
ESPN's Keith Law says that he's not. Nor is any hitter north of 30. In fact, he trashes the deal, calling it a 'disaster' for the Tigers.
One reason it could be considered a mistake is that Cabrera already had two years remaining on his current deal. If the Tigers were just going to pay him an unprecedented contract, they could have waited a year or two and accomplished the same thing.
The first few years of this contract will undoubtedly be well worth the money. Cabrera will continue to mash the baseball like he has done for years.
But when he's in years 7 through 10, and he's in his late 30s, is he really going to be worth anywhere near $30 million per year? The answer is almost certainly no.
The Tigers are hoping that the first half of this contract brings about enough success to excuse the second half. But history hasn't necessarily proven that to be true in the past.