The 2023 marketing campaign is the ultimate assured season of the ten-year extension Miguel Cabrera inked with the Tigers throughout 2014 Spring Coaching. It additionally more and more appears to be like as if it’ll be the final yr of Cabrera’s illustrious profession.
Talking with Christina De Nicola of MLB.com, the 12-time All-Star indicated he’s leaning in direction of retirement on the finish of subsequent yr. “I feel it’s going to be my final yr,” Cabrera mentioned. “It feels a bit bizarre to say that. … I feel it’s time to say goodbye to baseball.”
Cabrera shied away from the unwavering retirement declaration Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina made final yr, but it surely’s the second consecutive yr wherein he’s instructed the conclusion of his contract may coincide with the tip of his profession. Final August, Cabrera informed ESPN he was more likely to step away after the 2023 marketing campaign. He famous on the time he’d surpass 20 years of MLB service time by the tip of the 2023 season and instructed that milestone — coupled with continued ache in his proper knee — would seemingly lead him to retire at that time. He’ll make $32MM in wage subsequent yr and acquire an $8MM buyout on a 2024 vesting possibility on the finish of the season, leaving the Tigers nonetheless on the hook for $40MM.
A two-time MVP winner, Cabrera turns 40 in April. He’ll be enjoying his sixteenth season in Detroit and informed De Nicola he hopes to stay concerned with the group working with youthful gamers after the tip of his enjoying profession. As for the 2023 marketing campaign, he indicated his major private purpose was to stay wholesome. He missed a pair weeks late this previous season with a biceps pressure however appeared in 112 video games and tallied 433 plate appearances.
Cabrera is coming off the worst yr of his profession, having posted a .254/.305/.317 exhibiting with solely 5 dwelling runs. He didn’t log any time on protection, and that sort of manufacturing from a delegated hitter definitely isn’t preferrred. What number of at-bats the Tigers can afford Cabrera if he continues to wrestle offensively is a query for president of baseball operations Scott Harris and skipper A.J. Hinch, however the four-time batting champion indicated he was on board with no matter determination Hinch makes in that regard.
Hinch instructed late within the season he expects Cabrera to be on the roster in 2023 (hyperlink by way of Chris McCosky of the Detroit Information). He’s been a median or below-average hitter 4 years working, however there’s no query of his legacy in Tigers historical past. Cabrera had seven prime ten MVP finishes in Detroit, together with a five-year stretch of consecutive prime 5 placements from 2009-13. Regardless of his current struggles, he owns a .306/.383/.517 line since touchdown with the Tigers over the 2007-08 offseason.
Even with a probable lowered workload subsequent season, the Venezuela native will get an opportunity to proceed climbing the all-time leaderboards. He ranks twenty fifth with 3088 hits, and he’s sure to go Ichiro (3089), Dave Winfield (3110) and Alex Rodriguez (3115) if wholesome. Matching this yr’s 101 hits would push him previous Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Paul Waner, George Brett, Adrián Beltré and Cal Ripken Jr. into sixteenth place. Cabrera ranks twenty seventh with 507 profession dwelling runs, and even part-time work may get him previous Gary Sheffield (509), Mel Ott (511), Eddie Mathews and Ernie Banks (512 apiece) to twenty third.