DETROIT It has to happen.
The Detroit Tigers have the most-valued commodity in baseball, Miguel Cabrera, under contract through 2015. Cabrera is only 30, and the day will come when the club begins the process of locking him up for the majority or entirety of his playing career.
According to a report by ESPN.coms Jayson Stark, that time could be now.
Stark wrote in his column: One friend of Cabrera told (me) that there have been enough informal conversations that both sides expect a deal to get done, and possibly sooner than later.
I asked Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski if this report is accurate.
We always keep our contract negotiations private, Dombrowski wrote in an e-mail. We feel this is the best way to do that.
Cabrera was surprised by the report that he's negotiating with the Tigers through informal conversations to extend the length of the eight-year, 152.3 million deal that he signed before the 2008 season.
No, Cabrera said. There is nothing goi...