Despite the rumors that the Tigers would be willing to trade Miguel Cabrera, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Saturday that Cabrera will likely be saying in Detroit. He also said that “there’s never been anything close.”
Cabrera himself talked with a Venezuelan baseball writer, and told him that he would be open to a trade if it was beneficial and fair. Regardless, the Tigers don’t seem inclined to deal their franchise player.
The slugger is coming off a season in which he hit .316/.393/.563 with 38 homers and 108 RBI and is owed $28 million in 2017. He signed a 8 year, $248 million contract extension in 2014.
Cabrera is a career .321/.399/.562 hitter, with two MVP awards, so clearly it would be beneficial for the Tigers to keep him. He has been a Tiger since 2008, when he came over from Florida in a blockbuster that sent Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller as part of the prospect package to the Marlins for Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.
Even though Cabrera won’t be traded this offseason, the Tigers still have plenty of other names on the block. Names such as Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, and Francisco Rodriguez have been mentioned, so the Tigers will be busy even with Cabrera staying.