“There’s never been anything close,” a source told Heyman in regards to a potential Cabrera trade.
Detroit general manager Al Avila indicated last month that he’d be open to taking offers for Cabrera, though he added that “it would be in [the Tigers’] best interest” to retain the future Hall of Famer. Even if Avila were more willing to part with him, Cabrera’s onerous contract could serve as a significant roadblock. Cabrera still has at least $190MM coming his way through 2024, when he’ll be 41, assuming his employer exercises an $8MM buyout in lieu of picking up a $30MM club option. Regarding the eight-year, $248MM extension then-Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski signed Cabrera to in 2014, a rival GM told Heyman, “Not too many contracts like that one will be given anymore.”
Cabrera also has 10-and-5 rights – meaning he’d be able to veto any trade – but he didn’t rule out playing elsewhere on Saturday, according to Evan Woodbery of MLive.com.
“I love playing in Detroit, I love the city. But the doors are open,” said Cabrera, who added that a trade would have to help the Tigers. “If it’s a good deal, I’ll accept the trade. If the team does not benefit, I prefer to stay in Detroit.”
Cabrera has already been part of one trade in his illustrious career, having gone from the Marlins to the Tigers in a 2007 deal that has worked out brilliantly for Detroit. Since his tenure with the Tigers began in 2008, Cabrera has won two American League MVP awards, gone to seven All-Star games and helped the club to four playoff berths – including a World Series appearance in 2012. Along the way, Cabrera has hit an astounding .325/.404/.573 in 5,929 plate appearances and swatted the second-most home runs in the majors (308, one behind Albert Pujols). Cabrera was his usual excellent self at the plate this past season, slashing .316/.393/.563 with 38 homers in 679 PAs.