Tigers, Cabrera agree to mega-deal
According to multiple media outlets, the slugger and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a lucrative, long-term contract extension yesterday. ESPN reported that Cabrera would get a contract that runs 10 years and pays close to $300 million.
According to CBSSports.com, the deal could be worth $248 million guaranteed over 8 years, and added to the 2 remaining years on his previous deal, would reach a record 10-year, $292 million. With $30 million vesting options in each of the 11th and 12th years, the total package with incentives could reach $352 million.
Cabrera, who turns 31 next month, signed an 8-year, $152.3 million deal in March 2008. In the final two seasons of that contract, he will make $22 million this year and about the same next year, though he could earn a bit more through incentive bonuses.
Cabrera is an eight-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner. Prior to winning consecutive MVPs, he ranked among the top five in MVP voting five times.
After spending the past two seasons as a third baseman, Cabrera is moving back to first base this year.
Cabrera broke into the majors with the Marlins in 2003, and he helped Florida win the World Series that year. He played five seasons for Florida before he was traded to Detroit in December 2007 along with lefthander Dontrelle Willis for six players, including outfielder Cameron Maybin, righthander Burke Badenhop and lefthander Andrew Miller.
A deal with Cabrera would tie up a second member of the Tigers' nucleus for the long term. Righthander Justin Verlander signed a 7-year, $180 million deal in March 2013, and righthander Max Scherzer, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, recently turned down a lengthy contract that reportedly would have paid him around $24 million per year. Scherzer is due to become a free agent after the 2014 season.
Noteworthy* Washington Nationals righthander Doug Fister left a minor league start after one inning with a strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle on the right side of his back and may not be able to take his first turn in the rotation on April 6. Fister, who missed time earlier in spring training because of elbow inflammation, will be examined by a team physician today in Washington.
* The Seattle Mariners and righthander Chris Young agreed to a $1.25 million, 1-year contract after Seattle released veteran starters Randy Wolf and Scott Baker this week. Young, 34, can earn an additional $3,475,000 in roster and performance bonuses and would get the full amount if he makes 28 starts and pitches 180 innings. Young has not pitched in the majors since 2012.
* Starling Marte and the Pittsburgh Pirates finalized a $31 million, 6-year contract. Marte, 25, receives a $2 million signing bonus from the Pirates, who are coming off their first postseason appearance since 1991.
* Johnny Cueto is set to start on Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds for the third straight season. First-year manager Bryan Price said Cueto will pitch Monday at home against St. Louis.
* The Los Angeles Dodgers held a team meeting to address young star Yasiel Puig's baserunning blunders. Manager Don Mattingly called the meeting Tuesday after the 23-year-old Cuban defector made two mistakes on the basepaths during the second game of the Dodgers' season-opening trip to Australia last weekend - mistakes that made headlines in the media.
* Jon Lester has been picked to start on opening day for the Boston Red Sox. Boston manager John Farrell announced that Lester will pitch Monday in Baltimore against the Orioles. TIt will be Lester's fourth consecutive opening day start, the fifth-longest streak in team history behind Pedro Martinez (seven), Roger Clemens (seven), Dennis Eckersley (five) and Cy Young (five).
* Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz left last night's game against Tampa Bay in the fourth inning after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Alex Cobb. Cruz fell after being hit on the first pitch, but quickly got up. He immediately walked off the field after being attended to by team trainers.