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Miguel Cabrera of Detroit Tigers clarifies stance on future, says he’ll return next season as initially planned

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera set the record straight regarding his future Friday, telling The Detroit News that he will indeed return for a 21st major league season in 2023.

A day earlier, the 39-year-old Cabrera indicated to reporters that this season may be his last as he continues to deal with knee issues. It marked the first time that Cabrera had opened the door to the possibility that he may not play next year after previously saying he planned to fulfill his contract, which is fully guaranteed through the 2023 season.

But Cabrera said Friday his plan of playing next year hasn’t changed.

“I’m not going to retire,” he told the News. “Not until after next year when my contract is done. They didn’t understand what I said. No way am I going to quit.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2022 at 11:10 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TJ Posted: August 06, 2022 at 01:03 PM (#6090289)
Miggy has 32 million reasons not to retire right now.

My beloved Detroit Tigers should just give Miggy the $32 mil now and buy out the last year of his contract. The contract is guaranteed, so Miggy will get his cash whether he is slap-hitting singles for Detroit or he is home eating donuts and Doritos after the team releases him next year. Just buy him out, have him sit the rest of August to heal up some, and run the last month of the season as the Miguel Cabrera Farewell program where Miggy gets at least one at bat per game so the fans can say goodbye.
   2. ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 06, 2022 at 02:01 PM (#6090293)
They should be able to pay him $28M to end the contract, given currrmt inflation based NPV and his likely desire not to have to rehab again.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 06, 2022 at 02:32 PM (#6090297)
I have no problem with any player wanting to play for as long as he possibly can.
   4. The Duke Posted: August 07, 2022 at 10:13 AM (#6090386)
Why don't they put Cabrera in a Pujols-like role where he only plays against lefties, gets to pinch hit once a game? Why roll
Him out there full time when he's terrible ?
   5. The Duke Posted: August 07, 2022 at 10:14 AM (#6090387)
Even Manfred thought he should retire and put him in this years ASG
   6. BDC Posted: August 07, 2022 at 10:34 AM (#6090389)
As late as July 9th, Cabrera was still batting .300 on the season – without much authority, but still far from Canovian.

Since then, .145. You'd figure that to be the final slump of Cabrera's career.

   7. Walt Davis Posted: August 08, 2022 at 12:48 AM (#6090578)
Albert's trying to go out on a high note as his OPS+ remains a smidgen above 100 -- he hasn't finished this high since 2016. Plenty of time for that to come down unfortunately.

It looked for a while there that Nelson Cruz had bounced back and then some -- from May 6 through June 13, he hit 367/437/567 with 5 HR and 24 RBI in 33 games. Unfortunately since then it's been 173/272/237 with 1 HR in 158 PA and his seasonal production is down to a 93 OPS+.

Votto's doing a bit better -- in his first 3 weeks back from covid, he hit 313/432/703 with 5 HR in 81 PA; since then it's been 235/331/407 which is not terrible in today's game, around a 96 OPS+, with a reasonable 6 HR in 166 PA. He's owed 1/$32.

Canovia sounds like a made-up Latin country from a bad action movie.
   8. Ithaca2323 Posted: August 08, 2022 at 10:29 AM (#6090600)
Why don't they put Cabrera in a Pujols-like role where he only plays against lefties, gets to pinch hit once a game? Why roll
Him out there full time when he's terrible ?

Because what do they have to lose? They're a terrible team. Why not play the face of the franchise?

   9. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: August 08, 2022 at 11:54 AM (#6090619)
To add to #8 - the Tigers' cleanup hitter yesterday was Harold Castro. There is nothing of substance lost if AJ decides to play Cabrera, Lou, Tram, and Gibby (Parkinson's and all) 100 times next year.
   10. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 08, 2022 at 09:09 PM (#6090733)
And Miggy's 88 OPS+ isn't terrible, at least not compared to the Bunch-O-Stiffs (tm) in the Detroit lineup. (It's still third-best on the team, ferchrissakes!)
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: August 08, 2022 at 10:10 PM (#6090753)
if the rotting corpse of Derek Jeter can get 634 PA of 76 OPS+ in 2014 for a team that finished only 4 games out of the playoffs, I think we can give Cabrera some leeway here.....

   12. Ithaca2323 Posted: August 09, 2022 at 09:42 AM (#6090799)
That Yankees team was bad, they just outperformed their pythag by 7 games. One of the AL's worst lineups
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: August 09, 2022 at 12:59 PM (#6090840)
every day was Old-Timer's Day for 2014 Yankees fans!

1B Teixiera 34
2B Brian Roberts 36
SS Jeter 40
RF Ichiro 40
DH Beltran 37
DH Soriano 38
UT KJohnson 32
UT BRyan 32
SP Kuroda 39 (only ERA leader qualifier)
SP Capuano 35
SP Sabathia 33 (only 8 starts)
RP Thornton 37

the only hitter under age 30 and with 150+ AB was 3B Solarte (26)

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