When you have the best player in baseball, you want to lock him down if you can afford it. The Detroit Tigers have one of the most potent players in professional baseball in Miguel Cabrera, who has won the 2012 and 2013 MVP awards and who also racked up one of the rarest prizes in baseball, the Triple Crown. Of course, Cabrera had two years and $44 million dollars left on his last deal, but no need to let one contract expire before you sign your next deal. The Detroit Tigers have signed Miguel Cabrera to a 10-year, $292 million dollar contract. That’s the richest contract in baseball history, dethroning Alex Rodriguez’s blockbuster deal with the Texas Rangers and Clayton Kershaw’s 7-year $215 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers signed in January.
Cabrera is an 8-time All Star with career numbers of 365 homers, 1260 RBIs, and a very impressive .321 career batting average, which is awesome for a power hitter. Despite struggling with nagging injuries, Cabrera hit .348 with 44 homers and 137 RBIs in 148 games last season. If you’re worried about his age, don’t be; Cabrera won’t turn 31 until April. He probably won’t play until the end of his contract, but if you could get him playing well until 36 or so–not outside the realm of possibility given that he plays in the American League and can preserve his body by playing DH when he needs a rest