Miguel Cabrera is about to have the best weekend of his life, as the Triple Crown winner agreed to a $292 million, 10-year contract Friday with the Detroit Tigers.
Cabrera takes over baseball’s highest-paying contract from Alex Rodriguez, who agreed to a $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas that started in 2001. That was before A-Rod was famously traded to the Yankees after three seasons, and then signed a $275 million, 10-year deal with New York in December 2006. Cabrera’s average of $29.2 million is second only to the $30,714,286 that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw averages under his $215 million, seven-year deal in January. Which proves that having no price cap in baseball is just insane sometimes.
Apparently the Tigers are confident that Cabrera’s off-the-field issues are far behind him. Cabrera pleaded no contest to drunken driving in Florida in Feburary 2011. Also near the end of the 2009 season, when Detroit was trying to win its first division title in more than two decades, Cabrera got into a fight with his wife that became public knowledge. He had a bruised and cut face the following morning when general manager Dave Dombrowski picked him up at a police station. Basically Cabrera’s been known to get into a few less than reputable shenanigans, to say the least. Let’s hope he can keep his bad boy streak clean, so that Detroit doesn’t regret dropping some serious coin on this guy.