Miguel Cabrera will turn 33 next April, and is signed through 2023 with the possibility of two more option years. The perennial All-Star just won his fourth American League batting title, but played in only 119 games last year. After debuting at 20 years old, Cabrera has already played in nearly 2,000 career games. While he has been very durable prior to this year, Cabrera does not exactly have the type of body that makes you think he will be hitting .330 with power into his late thirties. His slugging has already tailed off below the .600-level the past two years.
The Tigers took a big risk signing Cabrera for eight years at his age, but they must back him up or risk having the contract look even worse. Detroit must surround Cabrera with a talented supporting cast, and their lineup so far appears able to back the star up. The starting rotation, on the other hand, was not good.
Justin Verlander, like Cabrera, is playing out a contract worth more than $200 million. Unlike Cabrera, who has shown no signs of slowing down, Verlander is starting to decline. He failed to reach 200 innings this season for the first time since 2006, but did post a 3.38 ERA in 20 starts after a 4.54 ERA in 32 starts in 2014. The Tigers have a massive commitment to these two players close their mid-thirties. You cannot pare back on spending with these two massive contracts on the books.