After the Tigers announced a mammoth contract extension for Miguel Cabrera, a deal that will pay the reigning MVP $292 million over the next 10 years, there was quite a strong reaction around the baseball world. Cabrera is the best hitter on the planet by a good margin, and could be the best hitter of an entire generation. But the slugger turns 31 in April and will now earn upwards of $30 million through the age of 40.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the contract is so shocking it may be the strongest reaction he has seen since the Nationals signed Jayson Werth in 2010. Though Werth has put together a few good years since joining the Nationals, apparently he still serves as the benchmark for jaw-dropping MLB deals.
Check out these tweets from Olney:
Miguel Cabrera is highly respected/appreciated, but officials with other teams are appalled by Detroit decision to give him that many years.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 27, 2014
Haven't heard as much disgust over a contract from rival execs since the Jayson Werth contract. Industry is in shock over the Cabrera deal.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 27, 2014
Since signing a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nats in Dec. of 2010, Werth has hit .277 with 50 home runs and 171 RBI in 360 games. Despite battling injuries, he's been very good each of the last two seasons. In 2012 he hit .300 in 81 games and in 2013 he finished 13th in NL MVP voting after batting .318 with 25 homers and 82 RBI.
Cabrera is a much better player and will be paid accordingly, but his contract also runs through his Age 40 season. By the time Werth's deal is up in Washington he will be 38.
There is a chance neither deal looks bad when it's all said and done, but at this point you could probably argue Cabrera's has a good chance of coming back to haunt the Tigers. Then again, people said the same things about Werth in 2010.