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Tigers’ Cabrera to earn record $292M over 10 years

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSDetroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, right, fist-bumps the bat boy after hitting a home run in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, right, fist-bumps the bat boy after hitting a home run in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

DETROIT >> Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera will earn a baseball-record $292 million over the next decade under a $248 million, eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Cabrera, who turns 31 on April 18, is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015. The new deal was announced Friday at a news conference in Lakeland, Fla.

The contract’s average of $31 million tops the previous mark of $30,714,286 set by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw in his $215 million, seven-year deal in January. The total commitment tops the record set by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a $275 million, 10-year agreement in 2007.

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