There is more potentially good news regarding the faces of the Tigers. As soon as Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander became topics of potential trades, Tigers fans collectively shook their heads in frustration. Verlander is one of the best Tigers pitchers in the history of the franchise and Cabrera is one of the best hitters in the history of baseball.
Like Kinsler, both players are on the wrong side of 30, but they are still essential pieces. Miggy sells tickets no matter where the Tigers play. And JV is no slouch when it comes to bringing in money for the Tigers. If you have ever been to Comerica Park on a day that Verlander pitches, then you have seen fewer open green seats. And, in those seats are plenty of Tigers fans wearing their Cabrera and Verlander jerseys.
The good news about Miggy and JV also has to do with their contracts. They both have 10-5 Rights. This means that both men can stay in Detroit for the remainder of their contracts. They both have been in the League for 10 years and they have both been with the Tigers for 5 or more years. According to MLB.com, “a player can veto any trade scenario that is proposed. In essence, 10-and-5 rights function as a full no-trade clause.”