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March 28, 2014

Tigers, Cabrera agree on new deal

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera has had a remarkable six-year run in Detroit.

Get ready for another 10.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Cabrera agreed to a new 10-year contract with the Tigers that will pay him about $292 million, an average of $29.2 million per year. Cabrera still had two years left on his current deal. The new deal adds eight years and about $248 million.

The contract would become the highest average annual value in baseball, surpassing Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Cabrera, who turns 31 in April, is an eight-time All-Star. He’s played 11 seasons, five with the Miami Marlins and six with the Tigers. He’s a .321 career hitter with 365 home runs.

Cabrera is the only major league player with 100 or more RBIs in each of the past 10 seasons.

He’s won three consecutive batting championships, the first Tiger to do that since Ty Cobb. He hit a career-best .348 last season and tied a career-high with 44 home runs. He’s been the American League MVP the last two years.

Cabrera was slated to earn $22 million this season and next under a $153 million contract he signed after he was acquired by the Tigers.

The deal comes just days after contract talks between the Tigers and Cy Young pitcher Max Scherzer broke down. It is not expected those talks will resume during the season.

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