Phillies: A case study of previous $200+million hitters

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TAMPA, FL - MARCH 4: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees waits in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 4: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees waits in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 22: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers swings and makes contact for an RBI in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during a MLB game at Comerica Park on April 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Right before the 2014 season, Miguel Cabrera signed a contract extension with Detroit.

The contract: Eight years, $248 million

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How it worked out: This contract went into effect for the 2016 season. 2016 was Cabrera’s age 33 season and the start of the eight-year extension. It was also Cabrera’s last All-Star season and he hasn’t been great since. That season, he hit .316 with 38 home runs and 108 RBI.

In 2017, Cabrera hit .249 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI; not worth the $248 million. Cabrera only played 38 games in 2018, but his average went up to .299.

However, in the abbreviated season, he only hit three home runs and had just 22 RBI.

Cabrera was 35 for the 2018 season and still has five years left on the deal. In his prime, Cabrera was worth the investment. Now, Cabrera’s contract is setting the Tigers’ organization back in its attempts to rebuild.

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