Tigers, Miguel Cabrera Begin Extension Talks

The Tigers have begun discussing an extension with Miguel Cabrera, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports writes. Morosi emphasizes that the talks remain preliminary, and there is little urgency, since Cabrera is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

Cabrera is currently signed to an eight-year deal worth $152.3MM. He will make $22MM both this season and next. He turns 31 in April and is eligible for free agency shortly before his age-33 season. His age might make it somewhat tricky to find common ground on a deal. Last year, ESPN's Jayson Stark asked agents and executives what a Cabrera deal might look like, and they speculated that he might get anywhere from three to five years. Morosi suggests Cabrera's representatives at Relativity Baseball could compare Cabrera to Albert Pujols and argue Cabrera should get an even bigger contract than Pujols' ten years and $240MM, but that may be unlikely, due to Cabrera's age and the fact that the Pujols contract is widely perceived to be a problem for the Angels.


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31 Comments on "Tigers, Miguel Cabrera Begin Extension Talks"


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cgriffith
1 year 3 months ago

Back the Brinks truck up & lock him up ~ signed the State of Michigan

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ChrisSEA84
1 year 3 months ago

6 years 150.

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johnsilver
1 year 3 months ago

I don’t think Cabby will settle for 5y, unless he is willing to do Detroit a favor. 7y would do them a favor even.

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ChrisSEA84
1 year 3 months ago

I’d go six years then, mainly because I wouldn’t be suprised if 4 years from now he’s a pure DH.

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Spit Ball
1 year 3 months ago

He’s a pure DH right now.

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LazerTown
1 year 3 months ago

Only 6 years and $25M aav is a big discount on both ends.

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LittleOtterPaws
1 year 3 months ago

Dude just rakes

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caseyo4
1 year 3 months ago

30 mil/year seems to be a starting point…

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cgriffith
1 year 3 months ago

what about 7 yrs/218 with a 30 million signing bonus and a mutual option for an 8 year which means he is here until his age 40 season (signed through 2015)

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Derpy
1 year 3 months ago

Extending Cabrera is a really bad idea. If the Tigers are smart, they will skip and invest money elsewhere. Same way the Cardinals skipped on Pujols. Same principle. Do not invest money in 32 year olds. If he is willing to do a 3,4 year extension, then fine, anything more than 4 years, nope.

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cgriffith
1 year 3 months ago

He’s still 30; doesn’t turn 31 until April 18th.

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Derpy
1 year 3 months ago

He becomes a free agent in 2 years. He will be 32 years old. Any extension will begin in 2 years. Don’t invest money in 32 year olds.

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cgriffith
1 year 3 months ago

I see what you were saying now, my bad: I thought you meant he was already 32. I understand where your coming from I just believe he’s a once in a generation player for MLB/Tigers and is worth the investment over the tail end of his career. If he signs a 7 yr deal I would be fine with it.

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Derpy
1 year 3 months ago

They already got all of his best years, investing in his decline years is going to be a huge mistake for whatever team ends up doing it. The Tigers can dodge a bullet by passing.

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LazerTown
1 year 3 months ago

Even if he is declining that doesn’t mean it is overpay.

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jl9830a
1 year 3 months ago

He’s not any more “once in a generation” than Pujols was a few years ago, and St. Louis let him walk. That decision has benefitted them.

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TheRealRyan
1 year 3 months ago

As great as Cabrera has been in his career and especially the last 3 years, Pujols was ever better at the same age. Right now, there is no one who would want Pujols on even a 5 year contract at his current salary. Cabrera will also be a year older than Pujols was when his next contract kicks in. As hard as it might be for Detroit, but the smart move would be to let him walk.

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MilkMeMore
1 year 3 months ago

lol Cardinals offered pujols a 9yr deal, they didnt exactly skip him. Cardinals just dodged a bullet, instead of outsmarting other gms

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Derpy
1 year 3 months ago

They offered him a deal for significantly less money. He wanted more money, so they let him go.

The Tigers should do the same. 4 years, 110 million. Take it or leave it.

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LazerTown
1 year 3 months ago

That is just being ridiculous. They are better off not even negotiating than seriously putting forth a $110MM/4 offer.

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johnsilver
1 year 3 months ago

One thing it is going to be Lazer.. An awful dilemma to be in. Cabby is going to get a massive amount of money. Illitch moved Fielder to partially afford it, but one way or another? It’s going to end up costing them the ability to sign/retain others down the road for them to do so with Cabby on his 30m+ deal.

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LazerTown
1 year 3 months ago

Right, But he is elite player. There is no way he takes $110MM.

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bobbleheadguru
1 year 3 months ago

It is very realistic that Cabrera turns into Big Papi in his late 30s.

Also, he is not after top dollar. Dombrowski is a father figure to him. He literally bailed him out when he was at his low point.