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Friday’s Morning Mashup: MLB execs reportedly ‘appalled’ at Tigers’ massive Miguel Cabrera deal

03.28.14 at 8:10 am ET

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— Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera reportedly agreed to a 10-year contract worth $292 million with the Tigers — the largest contract in the history of American pro sports — and it’s creating shockwaves around baseball.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB executives are “appalled” at Detroit’s decision to give Cabrera — who turns 31 next month — so many years. He already was under contract for two more seasons. The new deal extends him for eight more.

Tweeted Olney: Haven’t hears as much disgust over a contract from rival execs since the Jayson Werth contract. Industry is in shock over the Cabrera deal.


An eight-time All-Star in 11 seasons with the Marlins and Tigers, Cabrera has a career line of .321/.399/.568 with 365 home runs and 1,260 RBIs. The Venezuelan slugger won the Triple Crown in 2012, and last year he led the majors with a .348 batting average while finishing second to Orioles first baseman Chris Davis with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs. However, he missed 13 games last year with a handful of injuries and had offseason surgery due to a groin tear.

The previous biggest contract in MLB history was the 10-year, $275 million deal the Yankees gave Alex Rodriguez in 2008.

Meanwhile, Max Scherzer and the Tigers apparently have mended fences after the team made a public announcement early this week that Scherzer and agent Scott Boras had turned down their long-term deal that would have made Scherzer one of the game’s highest-paid pitchers.

“[General manager Dave Dombrowski] and I had a meeting and a chance to talk,” Scherzer told the Detroit News. “He expressed regret over how things had been portrayed in the media. He said he needed to let fans know [the Tigers] were doing their job. He regretted any negative light it might have placed on me. He also said he didn’t give out any numbers and that he was upset over numbers that had been released.”

— Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on a charge of aggravated assault for an incident involving his fiancee at an Atlantic City casino last month.

Video cameras showed Janay Palmer apparently knocked out and being dragged out of an elevator by Rice, who initially was charged with simple assault after the Feb. 15 confrontation. That complaint was dismissed.

Rice’s attorney said the player denies the charge, telling The Press of Atlantic City, “Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling.”

The Ravens issued a statement supporting their player, saying: “This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”

Owner Steve Bisciotti had said Monday that Rice would return.

“He’ll be back with the team. He’ll definitely will be back,” Bisciotti said. “I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancee, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him.”

— Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash in his wallet, metal briefcase and two laundry bags when he was arrested for DUI on March 16, according to the police report (as reported by the Indianapolis Star).

Irsay, who acknowledged having an addition to painkillers in the past, also had bottles of prescription drugs of various colors. Police in Carmel, Ind., additionally indicated that the 54-year-old was so disoriented that he was made to sit on the hood of a patrol car so that he would not fall.

Irsay’s family said he is undergoing treatment at a facility outside the state.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 28, 1986, the Red Sox made a trade with the Yankees to acquire designated hitter Don Baylor, who helped the Red Sox win the 1986 American League pennant. Which player did the Sox trade to New York?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’€™s been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course, but it has been the best thing to do. ‘€¦ For those who have supported me, I thank you, for those who have called me every name in the book, I thank you, too. My intentions have never changed. Ten years ago my goal was to retire as a Patriot, and as I sit here typing this I am closer to achieving my goal. I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl.” Vince Wilfork, after renegotiating his contract to remain with the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Shutouts this season for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who blanked the Blackhawks, the league’s highest-scoring team, in Thursday’s night Stanley Cup finals rematch

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez crushes a pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago for his second home run in Thursday night’s exhibition game in Los Angeles.

A fan at Thursday’s White Sox-Reds spring training game shows a severe lack of coordination in his unsuccessful bid to grab a foul ball that lands at his feet.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Reba McEntire was born on this day in 1955.

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