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Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

Posted on: March 23, 2008 3:58 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2008 8:39 pm

Turns out, Miguel Cabrera not only cost Detroit half of its farm system (almost) in this winter's monster deal with Florida, but also a good percentage of owner Mike Ilitch's Little Caesars pizza money to keep him wearing the Olde English D for the next eight years.

So, is Cabrera worth it?

Heck, yes. By all means. Mark this down as a great day for the Tigers: They didn't even have to annex Michigan's Upper Peninsula, or sell the Ambassador Bridge, to pay Cabrera's freight.

It took a lot of (pizza) dough -- $152.3 million over eight years -- but this is the gift that will keep on giving. Cabrera is only 24 (he turns 25 in on April 18), the numbers from his first five seasons in the majors compare favorably to those of Hank Aaron and if he continues at this pace, he's a definite Hall of Famer.

And from what we've seen this spring, there is every reason to believe that Cabrera will continue produce at this level -- or even higher.

What I saw this spring when I was with the Tigers in Lakeland was a new man, which should be scary news for American League pitchers. Remember how tumultuous last season was at times in Florida with Cabrera, when he was overweight and developed a reputation for periodic loafing?

Yes, it's only spring and yes, things could change, but those days seem long gone.

For one thing, you should see Cabrera now: He changed his workout regimen and his diet beginning immedately after last season, and his body is so much leaner now. Plus, there's no question he's in a better situation, and I think that will help him in every area -- starting upstairs, mentally.

Surrounded by Detroit's productive veterans -- especially countryman Carlos Guillen -- Cabrera has veterans to show him the way professionals do things, and to get after him if he takes a mental day off.

Playing for manager Jim Leyland, he will learn and grow under one of the finest minds in the game -- and from a gruff, no-nonsense manager who commands respect and will not tolerate players going through the motions.

In short, as Cabrera reaches the next level financially, he's surrounded by people who will continue to push him to the next level of greatness, and not let him settle. We already know he has the talent.

Only three players will command an average annual salary larger than Cabrera's $19,037,500 this season: The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, the Mets' Johan Santana and Boston's Manny Ramirez.

With Ramirez in the heart of their order, Boston has racked up two World Series wins in the past four seasons.

With A-Rod, the Yankees haven't won, but they've played in October each year he's been there.

Ramirez, now 36, is about to enter his twilight. A-Rod, 32, is in his prime.

Cabrera, based on his age, may not yet even be in his prime.

Considering that he hit .320 with 34 RBI and 119 RBI for the Marlins last season, he's got a realistic chance at becoming baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967, when Boston's Carl Yastrzemski did it.

He also helps put Detroit in position to win its first World Series since 1984 -- perhaps even as soon as this year.

That'll be a large with everything, please.





Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2008 3:14 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

I agree with everything you say emdragon.  Paying these guys 20 million a year is just too much and as long as salaries keep inflating half the teams in baseball will have no chance to compete in the near future.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2008 2:08 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

So, is Cabrera worth it? Heck, yes. By all means. Mark this down as a great day for the :

To me it is irresponsible for a main steam media sportswriter to write this kind of  garbage.  NOBODY is worth this kind of money. Not AROD, not Santana, not Jesus.  It's far from the worst giveaway in the past few years (Barry Zito comes to mind) , but  it sets a very poor example for what has become an exponentially selfish "I'm better than him, so pay me a gazillion bucks" mentality.  Sports agents like Scott Boras go around talking to all of you media guys I think, to get you to continue to profligate this garbage.  MLB needs a salary cap NOW, or pretty soon baseball will become a sport for only the ultra rich to enjoy.  How many teams can afford to pay these kinds of salaries and still make a profit?  Only a handful.  Plus, what incentive now is there for guys like Cabrera to improve.  He's already a slow footed poor defender who has shown signs that he is not quite as hungry as he once was.  He may end up as fat as Bartolo Colon because of this deal.  Miller, you need to stop putting stars in the eyes of young people who could, instead, be taught that hard work and a responsible outlook will make them happy, not lusting after a % of the national GNP.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2008 1:27 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

Snap!!! OK true, but Vernon Wells Had 584 at bats last year and hit .245.  Injuries or not he had a bad year if he is out there you would hope that he would produce more.  I hope hope he rebounds because I like him... oh and I usually do not type with my mouth.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2008 11:54 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

cabrera wasn't locked up for 2 years for under 1 million -- his last year with the marlins he was making 7.4 million and he is making 11.4 million this year under the contract he had previously signed.  he was eligible for arbitration in 2009.  after trading away our top two prospects in miller and maybin -- they HAD to lock him into a multi-year deal to make the deal worthwhile.

and 'throwing away money' is a strong statement to make against the top young hitter in the game -- while he is going to be making bank, i think his numbers speak for themself.  in the last 4 years -- his avg numbers are 30 homeruns  110+ rbi's and a .318 batting avg -- he is 24 years old and a four time all star already.  their is only 2 players who have put up better numbers in the 3 big batting categories over the same time period -- albert puljos and vlad guerrero (of course you can't discount A-Rod, but his batting avg is the reason he wasn't included)  the difference is -- cabrera did this while he was 21,22, 23 and 24 years old.  he hasn't even hit his prime -- he'll be hitting his prime when this contract is coming to an end.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2008 10:43 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Cabrera locked in for the next 2 years at under $1 million per? So the Tigers essentially are throwing out close to $40 million, considering that they probably would've signed him to a comparable deal in 2 years. 

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2008 9:19 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

Very smart move by the Tigers. This should set the Tiger franchise up for a run of contending teams every year and probably several Series wins as well.

Wells didn't tank - he was injured for most of the year. Get your facts straight before you put your mouth in motion.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2008 9:19 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

I Think that as long as he is on a contending team he will keep in shape. I can see him in Florida letting himself go without no reasonable chance to win it all and watching all the other star players move before him, This situation has to pump him up.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2008 9:02 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

I Doubt that this is a "bargin." that said I do think that it is smart move by the tigers.  Cabrera is 24 years old!! and already one of the best hitters in the game.  It is great that this guy skipped the whole "he's got potential phase" and leaped right into elite status. 

I hope that he doesn't tank like Vernon Wells and Adrian Beltre after signing big contracts.  I do think that he must have some high internal motivation to play at a high level in the situation that is the Florida Marlins.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2008 8:15 pm

Cabrera deal for the Tigers? Grrrrreat!

I agree that it's a bargain price for (in my opinion) the best hitter in baseball but are you not concerned at all about Cabrera's potential weight problems arising sometime throughout the next eight years now that's he's set with his contract?

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