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  • Tigers' Cabrera gets record $292M, 10-year deal

  • LAKELAND, Fla. — This is one number put up by Miguel Cabrera that is not subject to debate.
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  • LAKELAND, Fla. — 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 and pointed to the value of his WAR, sabermetric for wins above replacement.
    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.
    Angels
    Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $144.5 million, six-year contract that runs through 2020.
    Baseball's brightest young star, the 22-year-old Trout was a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year in 2012. He finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.
    Trout agreed on Feb. 26 to a $1 million, one-year contract for 2014. His new deal runs from 2015-20.
    The outfielder would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season, and for free agency following the 2017 World Series. Now, he won't be eligible for free agency until at least age 29.
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