Miguel Cabrera’s bid to become one of the greatest hitters of all time apparently will take place in a Detroit Tigers uniform.
CBS Sports first reported Thursday that the Tigers and Cabrera, who turns 31 on April 18, have agreed to a long-term extension that will keep him with the club at least through 2021, if not longer.
Fox Sports reports the extension is for eight years and $248 million ($31 million per year), the second deal in baseball history worth at least $30 million per season. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, one year from free agency, signed a long-term deal for $30.7 million per season.
That would put Cabrera’s total contract at 10 years, $292 million (through 2023), according to Fox Sports. That would surpass Alex Rodriguez for the largest lucrative contract in baseball history, by total value.
The Tigers have planned a major announcement today at their training base in Lakeland, it was learned from a source familiar with the situation.
Pirates, Marte deal
Left fielder Starling Marte and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their $31 million, six-year contract.
The deal announced Thursday calls for Marte to receive a $2 million signing bonus and make $500,000 this season, $1 million next year, $3 million in 2016, $5 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018 and $10 million in 2019.
Pittsburgh has an $11.5 million option for 2010 with a $2 million buyout. If that option is exercised, the Pirates have a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.
Around the leagues
Washington Nationals right-hander 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 might not be able to take his first turn in the rotation on April 6 … The Seattle Mariners and right-hander Chris Young, 34, agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year deal. He 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. … The Houston Astros claimed outfielder Alex Presley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and designated left-hander Raul Valdes for assignment. … The Arizona Diamondbacks assigned top pitching prospect Archie Bradley to their minor-league camp. The hard-throwing 21-year-old right-hander will start the season with Triple-A Reno. … The Minnesota Twins outrighted left-hander Scott Diamond and outfielder Chris Parmelee to Triple-A Rochester, ensuring that veteran Jason Bartlett will make the team.