Want to know why Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera looks so damn happy in the photo above? Well, consider this: The two-time American League MVP just signed a new 10-year deal with Detroit that will reportedly pay him about $292 million over the course of the next decade. It's the largest deal ever signed in MLB history. And as if that wasn't good enough, the deal also reportedly includes options for an eleventh and a twelfth year with the Tigers that could bring the total value of the contract up to about $350 million. So in a nutshell, Cabrera is about to be a very, very, very, very, very rich man.
ESPN crunched the numbers and, based on Cabrera's career average of about 600 at-bats per season, he stands to make roughly $50,000 every single time that he steps to the plate over the next 10 years. And it's worth noting that Cabrera is 31 right now, meaning that there's a good chance that he won't be stepping to the plate 600 times per season when he's, say, 38, 39, or 40. So by the time his contract runs out, he very well could be making way more than $50K to step to the plate for the Tigers.
So…yeah. No wonder Cabrera can't stop smiling in the photo above. If you were in his position right now, wouldn't you be doing the same thing?