Designated hitter: Miguel Cabrera
A fixture in the Detroit Tigers lineup since arriving in the Motor City prior to the 2008 campaign, Miguel Cabrera likely isn’t going anywhere.
According to Spotrac, the future Hall of Famer is under contract through the 2023 season. He has mutual options on his deal for both the 2024 and 2025 campaigns.
Per the same publication, Cabrera is making $30 million a season through 2021, with a $32 million salary in 2022 and 2023.
With a 92 wRC+, a .154 ISO and a -0.1 WAR—everyone is entitled to an off year, right?—potential trade partners likely aren’t going to justify paying Cabrera that much money in a trade.
What’s more, the veteran has full-no trade protection thanks to his 10-and-5 rights.
Ideally, Cabrera will be able to bounce back in 2018 and beyond, returning to the offensive force that made him a lock for Cooperstown.
Conceivably, a switch to designated hitter on a more consistent basis could benefit Cabrera, as he would avoid any potential injuries in the field.
This would help him extended his career significantly.
It’s also possible that Detroit could use Christin Stewart or John Hicks at this position as well.