Friday, March 28, 2014
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tiger For Life
I've read numerous articles about how it's a bad contract, comparing it to Pujols, Hamilton, Ryan Howard, ARod, and so on. I DON'T CARE.
I then read about how this screws up the Tigers long term flexibility, how other GM's think DD is crazy, how it's bad for baseball. Again, I DON'T CARE.
10-years, $300m, plus 2 possible vesting options and I'll take it all as I want to see how this story unfolds for Cabrera. Statistically he's going to get worse with age, that's a given. What I want to see is how my generations best hitter will end his career in measuring up against the best. Right now, Cabrera ranks in my mind as one of the top-10 right handed hitters of all-time and he will just be 31 this season.
In my mind, you basically had to pay for whatever he was asking, you couldn't let him walk away from this team. Could the Tigers have structured the contract differently...sure, but at the end of the day the Tigers organization kept a player on it's team that is a sure Hall of Famer and one of the all-time greats and didn't let money interfere with that.
The one caveat I make, is that this is an obvious reaction to the Scherzer news as well as the trading of Prince and recent injury bug, as the Tigers were trying to create a positive story in my opinion heading in to Opening Day.
I can't wait for my son to tell his kids (like my dad told me about Kaline) that he once saw one of the greatest hitters play the game.
See you all Opening Day!!