Cabrera and Tigers agree to $292 million, 10-year deal

Published March 28, 2014 11:34 pm

MLB notes • Pact is biggest in U.S. sports history.
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This is one number put up by Miguel Cabrera that is not subject to debate.

The Triple Crown winner agreed Friday to the richest contract in American sports, a $292 million, 10-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.

"I want to finish my career here. I have worked hard to get better, and Detroit is like a house for me," Cabrera said.

Cabrera has won the last two AL MVP awards, both times beating out Angels phenom Mike Trout in votes that set off heated disputes in the baseball world.

Those in Cabrera's corner claimed his fearsome hitting stats and triple-digit RBIs were worthy. Those touting Trout argued he was a better all-around player

"He's on track to be one of the greatest players in the history of baseball," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He's done a lot for the team and a lot for Detroit."

Cabrera was due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract. The new agreement incorporates that money and adds $248 million guaranteed over the following eight years, including an option buyout.

Cabrera turns 31 next month and has helped the Tigers win three straight AL Central championships. A slugger with power to all fields and still very much in his prime, he is among seven players to hit at least .320 with 365 homers and 1,260 RBIs.

MLB toughensdrug agreement

In the wake of the Biogenesis scandal that led to 14 suspensions last summer, Major League Baseball and its players' union announced Friday they are toughening penalties and increasing the frequency of testing in the most substantial revisions to their drug agreement in eight years.

Players suspended during the season for a performance-enhancing drug violation will not be eligible for that year's postseason. In addition, discipline will increase from 50 games to 80 for a first testing violation and from 100 games to a season-long 162 for a second. A third violation remains a lifetime ban.

Around the horn

Red Sox • Grady Sizemore will start in center field on opening day (Monday at Baltimore) completing his comeback from a series of injuries that almost ended his career. Sizemore has not played in the majors since September 2011 with Cleveland. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees in free agency during the offseason.

Phillies • Philadelphia placed pitcher Cole Hamels on the 15-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.

Mariners • Cuban rookie Roenis Elias has earned a spot in Seattle's starting rotation. The 25-year-old left-hander had a 2.04 ERA in five spring-training games.