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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:52 pm

I agree, cabby sounds like crabby lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:53 pm

Miggy is...
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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:57 pm

GoGetEmTigers wrote:
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"Juan Gone Money"....at least they are paying the right guy this coin!!

Yea! He has all the tools and where he is not top notch, at fielding, is heavily being worked on by the superior coaching staff of the Tigers. Marlins did not seem to work him correctly and he had lots of errors at 3rd base. First thing the The D did was many, many hours of learning correct methods of fielding, and Cabby (the name our Tigers are using for M. Cabrera ) is VERY EAGER to become a great fielder! I think Miggys (I like that nickname better) past fielding abilities is what pissed Inge off as of losing the 3b job!

Yesterday's performance at 3rd base was an example of the improvement. I loved that out Pudge and Cabrera had worked on at throwing the runner out at third! Pudge fired a bullet to Miggy who was standing at just the right place! Got the runner out by at least 3 feet off 3rd base! applaud

I know, when Pudge threw that I was like Sigh Love 2 , that was an awesome play by both of them!!!! clap
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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:19 pm

Todd Jones is the one who let us know what the players are calling Miggy, he said they call him cabby or cabbage. It's all a fun time of razzing for them, but they say they are all getting along great. If it bothered Miggy too much, he would not have gone with that long term contract.


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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:47 pm

cabbage?!?!? Uh, somebody needs to be more creative! Big Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:21 pm

I think this is a great signing...Now I just want to lock up Verlander to go with Grandy and Miggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:56 pm

There you are, Vegas! Where ya been?
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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:35 pm

It's official: Tigers, Miguel Cabrera reach deal; saved money by doing it now

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers formally announced today the seven-year contract extension through 2015 with third baseman Miguel Cabrera that prevents him from leaving as a free agent after the 2009 season.

"Happy," said Cabrera, asked for his reaction.

Cabrera's agent, Fernando Cuza, confirmed the contract is worth $153.2 million, which includes the one-year contract Cabrera had agreed to previously.

Asked his long-term career goals, Cabrera said, "The World Series."

Cuza said it was "a gutsy move" by the Tigers to make such a long-term commitment to Cabrera.

But as both sides pointed out, when this contract ends, Cabrera will be 32.

Perhaps the most interesting detail to emerge from the press conference is that there was more urgency for the Tigers in these negotiations than might have been evident from the calendar.

Cabrera said that he didn’t want any negotiations to take place during the regular season because he didn’t want to be distracted.

The season opens next week, and so if the Tigers hadn’t signed Cabrera now, they couldn’t have signed him until this fall. And at that point, Cabrera would have been within 12 months of free agency.

Cuza said the closer the player gets to free agency, the more of a possibility it becomes he will want to become a free agent. So believe it or not, the Tigers hadn’t signed Cabrera this week, it might have taken even more money for them to do so later.

“It’s a testament to what this organization is trying to do,” Detroit slugger Gary Sheffield said recently. “It says we’re trying to win right now, but in the future also. He’s a future-type player. Any time you can get a player for that amount of years on this team, you’re looking at multiple championships.”

Detroit acquired Cabrera from the Florida Marlins during December’s winter meetings along with pitcher Dontrelle Willis, giving up six prospects in the trade.

Cabrera averaged 32 homers and 115 RBIs while hitting .318 the past four seasons for the Marlins. The only players to at least match his averages in all three categories over that four-year span were Albert Pujols and Vladimir Guerrero, according to Stats, LLC.

Cabrera agreed Jan. 18 to an $11.3 million salary for this season. The new deal adds $141 million over the following seven seasons.

He will earn $15 million in 2009, when he would have been eligible for salary arbitration. He will average $21 million over the next six seasons, when he would have been eligible for free agency.

Cabrera’s average salary of $19,037,500 will be the fourth-highest in the major leagues behind those of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million), New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana ($22,916,667) and Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez ($20 million).

His deal also will be the fourth-highest package. Rodriguez is starting a $275 million, 10-year contract, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is entering the eighth season of a $189 million, 10-year deal and Ramirez is in the final guaranteed season of a $160 million, eight-year contract.

Aspects of Cabrera’s agreement were first reported by ESPNdeportes.com.

Ace Justin Verlander said just having Cabrera around has been a positive for the team.

“What stands out to me is his personality around the clubhouse,” Verlander said. “Everybody knows how good of a ballplayer he is, but he’s also great around the clubhouse and is a good teammate.”

Willis has often said matter-of-factly that Cabrera will be in the Hall of Fame.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland echoed similar sentiments at the start of spring training after saying he wanted to help Cabrera become a complete player.

“Hopefully someday when he goes to Cooperstown,” Leyland said, “people won’t just say he was one hell of a hitter.”

Cabrera has struggled at times at third base—making 23 errors last year and 17 the previous season—after primarily playing in the outfield during his first two full years in the majors.

Leyland has been pleased with Cabrera’s defense, saying he has good hands and a better-than-expected arm following a recent exhibition.

The four-time All-Star was criticized by some last year for his weight, but reported to the Tigers’ camp in Lakeland, Fla., after dropping some pounds. His conditioning drew rave reviews from teammates such as Carlos Guillen, who have known him for years.

Cabrera and Willis were the last players left from the Marlins’ 2003 World Series championship team. Cabrera made $472,000 two years ago and $7.4 million last season, when he was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Two years ago, Cabrera hit a Marlins-record .339 and joined Pujols, Rodriguez and Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg as the only players to hit 25 homers and 50 doubles in a season before turning 24.

He followed that up last season with career highs in homers (34) and RBIs (119).


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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:21 pm

This is great news, now we need to sign Verlander long term, and I will be very, very happy!!! YAY!

PARTY!


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PostSubject: Re: Cabrera set to ink Tigers' biggest pact: $153.3 million   Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:07 pm

2015 sounds like such a long time away....
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