Miguel Cabrera is entering the final year of his $248 million contract.
Eight years later, his deal still ranks among the best-ever.
Before the 2014 season, the future Hall of Famer and Detroit Tigers slugger agreed to an eight-year contract extension. He had two years and $44 million remaining on his contract, and the extension would begin after the 2015 season, giving Cabrera a total commitment of $292 million. Cabrera was a first baseman when he signed the monster extension, but has been utilized primarily as a designated hitter the past few years.
Cabrera's $31 million average annual value during the period of his extension at the time trumped Clayton Kershaw's record of $30.7 million.
Who are the highest-paid MLB designated hitters in 2023?
Here's the top 10:
1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit, $32,000,000
2. Giancarlo Stanton, N.Y. Yankees, $32,000,000
3. Shohei Ohtani, L.A. Angels, $30,000,000
4. Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia, $20,000,000
5. Josh Bell, Cleveland, $16,500,000
T-6. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado, $15,000,000
T-6. Jorge Soler, Miami, $15,000,000
7 J.D. Martinez, L.A. Dodgers, $10,000,000
8. Brandon Belt, Toronto, $9,300,000
9. Yordan Alvarez, Houston, $7,833,333
10. Matt Carpenter, San Diego, $6,500,000
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Source: USA TODAY Sports, Cot's Baseball Contracts
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