Miguel Cabrera signs 10 year contract extension with the Tigers worth $292 million

Did the Tigers make a mistake by signing Miguel Cabrera to a 10-year, $292M extension?

3/28/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Mar 22, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) and  designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) warm up before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsThere's no debating Miguel Cabrera's greatness as a hitter. He has led the American League in hitting 3 years in a row, won the Triple Crown in 2012, and has been in the top 5 in MVP voting for 5 straight seasons and 7 of the last 9.

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.
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3/29/14   |   SusanVette   |   9545 respect

I sure hope so. We'll take him every year we can. He's just totally awesome.

3/28/14   |   Scott   |   54816 respect

Exhibit A - Alex Rodriguez

Exhibit B - Albert Pujols

Neither of those cases has to be considered a ringing endorsement for any organization to what to throw that kind of money and years around to anybody

3/28/14   |   marcus_nyce   |   27833 respect

I honestly thought there was a typo in the headline. I had to double take. Whoa.

3/28/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25697 respect

That's easy, the answer is no. Cabrera is this generation's best pure hitter, but watch him and see what he's gone through injury wise in the last 5 years, there is no way his body holds up even 5 of those 10 years