Tigers, Cabrera Agree to One-Year Deal

As first reported by the Associated Press, the Tigers and third baseman Miguel Cabrera agreed to a new one-year deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing. The Tigers also signed outfielder Marcus Thames to a new one-year deal.

There had originally been reports that the Tigers were going to attempt to sign Miguel Cabrera to a new, long-term contract, much like they did with his Florida teammmate Dontrelle Willis.

But when a long term deal wasn't imminent, the Tigers elected to avoid arbitration, coming to terms a new one-year deal. The contract is worth a reported $11.3 million.

The 24-year old Cabrera, who was the centerpiece of the blockbuster eight-player deal between Florida and Detroit, hit .320 in '07 with 34 home runs, 119 RBI, and a .965 OPS. For his career, he's hit 128 home runs and carried a .313 average.

Thames Gets One Year Deal: Prior to coming to terms with Cabrera, the Tigers inked reserve outfielder Marcus Thames to a new one year deal worth $1.275 million. Thames, in largely a reserve role in 2007, hit .242 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI.

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