Miguel Cabrera’s five year run in Detroit has made him one of the best ever to play for the Tigers, capped by this past season’s Triple Crown numbers. It fuels speculation what might be the number of dollars necessary to keep Cabrera in Motown when his contract runs out in three more seasons and the 29-year old slugger will be in the prime of his career. Detroit still owes him 65-million on his current deal and
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said last week it’s a realistic situation to consider that Cabrera can end his career with the Tigers. However, it’s another question whether the club can afford him in light of the huge bucks they’ve already committed to Prince Fielder and Anibal Sanchez with other big deals still down the road for pitchers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.
The most significant variable in the mix is whether 83-year old team owner Mike Ilitch, the guy who writes the checks, will still be at the helm when Cabrera’s contract is up for renewal