Detroit Tigers: Predicting 2020 Opening Day roster

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers, Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers, Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers and Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a walk-off single in the ninth inning to drive in Candelario and defeat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 at Comerica Park on September 15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers, Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers, Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers and Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a walk-off single in the ninth inning to drive in Candelario and defeat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 at Comerica Park on September 15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 30: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers has an RBI as he grounds into a double play with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a game at Coors Field on August 30, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

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.

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