Miguel Cabrera, the American League's reigning two-time Most Valuable Player, granted an interview with ESPN Deptortes and contemplated upon his future plans. Plans the Detroit Tigers and their fans have been eager to learn with free agency arriving in two seasons.
Going into 2014, Cabrera still has two years and $44 million remaining on the $152 million contract extension he signed back in 2008. Talk of a new extension is looming, but he would be able to hit the open market after the 2015 season, becoming a free agent for the first time in his storied career. Coming off one of the most productive seasons of his career despite battling a groin tear over the final six weeks, the 30-year-old Cabrera has showed no signs of slowing down. It goes without saying he would command a massive payday.
Yet Cabrera is eager to lock up himself up long-term before he hits the open market, all but asking to ink a career-spanning deal with the Tigers.
"This is the city where I want to end my career."
"We are eager to sign an extension. Thank God, I'm fine financially. Detroit has given me many things, I signed a big contract with them."
He also adds something the player's union doesn't like to hear, hinting at a home team discount.
"Actually, the money is less important in this case. What we want is to win a championship in Detroit"
"Hopefully David Dombrowski, the new manager and all of us to work to win the championship we so desire."
When asked about Jim Leyland, his only manager as a Tiger, Cabrera heaped praise on the now retired skipper.
"I will miss him too, but promised to be near us. We always talk on the phone, has been a great help in my career and pushed my game to another level."
Earlier this season, there were reports Cabrera and the Tigers were discussing an extension, but that was the last we've heard of it. Cabrera says his lawyers are always available to talk, again telling ESPN Deportes "Yes, yes" in regard to a contract extension. It's much the same scenario as when he arrived in Detroit, when he signed an extension with two years remaining on Marlins contract.
Make it happen, David Dombrowski.
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