Unlike other major sports, MLB players who sign big contracts have a rare combination of guaranteed financial security and no league-imposed limit on their earning potential. NBA and NHL contracts are guaranteed, but limited by the salary cap in place. The NFL takes it one step further and doesn’t always offer those guarantees, while also limiting teams with a salary cap. In MLB, not only is the money guaranteed, but there’s only a luxury tax on excessive spending. That means teams sometimes hand out really bad contracts.
The contracts are great for the player, and good for them for getting such a deal, but from a team’s standpoint, the deals can turn out to be the opposite of advantageous.Here are the ten worst contracts in the sport right now, at least from a team perspective.
10) Jason Heyward, Cubs
The Cubs won a World Series with Heyward in the fold, and he still plays high-level defense. Alas, the Cubs owe him another $106 million through 2023, and they probably weren’t planning on paying it to a guy whose primary appeal is his outfield skills. Since joining Chicago in what looked to be the prime of his career, Heyward has hit .253 with just 25 home runs. Of course, to long-suffering Cub fans, maybe that famous team meeting/speech was worth $184 million.
As six players are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, it’s easy to look around the current crop of active players and ask which of them will someday receive the same honor. There are many players who are on the right path, but the road to Cooperstown is filled with players who looked like future Hall of Famers before their careers took turns for the worse.
Here is a list of ten active MLB players who look to be on the right track to someday be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Beltre’s late-career revival, particularly during his Texas Rangers years, should send him to Cooperstown. A .287 career hitter, he has already surpassed 3,000 hits. He may fall just short of 500 home runs, but he had roughly a decade at the very top of the game. He is a five-time Gold Glover and recognized as one of the better defenders in the game. From 2010 through 2017, he hit .310 and averaged over 30 home runs per season. That’s a lengthy and excellent peak, and it came years after his 48-homer, near MVP season in 2004 with the Dodgers.
Miguel Cabrera’s season is over and his body appears to be breaking down.
Cabrera injured his left biceps on a swing during his first at-bat against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Cabrera was replaced at first base by Nick Goodrum, and it didn’t take long for the bad news about Cabrera to emerge. MLive’s Evan Woodbery reported that Cabrera has a ruptured biceps tendon and will undergo season-ending surgery.
Cabrera was limited to 130 games last year by a back injury and has dealt with multiple injuries this season, including to his hamstring. Now he is out for the season with a biceps injury.
The 35-year-old can still produce at the plate as evidenced by his .301 average and .845 OPS, but we’re starting to get to the point where his body is not cooperating.
The Detroit Tigers find themselves just 4.5 games back in the AL Central despite their below average play during the early part of the season, and their lineup should be getting a major boost in the near future.
Miguel Cabrera, who has not played since May 4 because of a hamstring injury, told reporters on Tuesday that he is “very close” to returning to the Tigers’ lineup, according to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News. When asked exactly how close, Cabrera said “days.”
Cabrera is no longer experiencing pain in his strained hamstring, but he has been dealing with soreness as he works through conditioning and agility drills. He only took batting practice on Tuesday after doing more the day before.
“I have to go easy today,” Cabrera said Tuesday. “I have to rest my legs. It’s about conditioning right now. I have to see how I feel in the morning and then do some conditioning work again. Then we will see after that. Hopefully I can play. But we have to be careful.”
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire still says there is “no timetable” for Cabrera’s return, and the All-Star first baseman needs to prove his body can respond well to conditioning. If he does that, he could be ready for Detroit’s series against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend.
Cabrera certainly isn’t the fastest guy, which he reminded us of when he roasted himself after nearly hitting for the cycle earlier this season. Still, he needs to get to the point where he is not experiencing soreness just from going through drills.
Miguel Cabrera’s return for the Detroit Tigers will be delayed.
Cabrera was not activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday despite being eligible. Miggy was placed on the DL with a hamstring injury on May 4. While doing his physical therapy, the Tigers first baseman has experienced soreness in his hips and back, according to The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky.
Those issues have prevented Cabrera from doing any running or baseball activities so far.
Cabrera was limited to 130 games last season with back problems and was determined to have a big season. Though he’s hit well when healthy, injuries have been costing him games.
Major League Baseball gets a lot of attention for its young stars. The likes of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Manny Machado, and Carlos Correa are all under the age of 30 and look like they’ll be successful for years and years to come.
It may be a young man’s game, but there remains plenty of room for the old guard. There are a number of players who have been in the league for a decade or more and are well over the age of 30 who are still performing at a very high level. Here are 10 of those grizzled veterans who are making huge contributions in 2018.
1) Bartolo Colon, Rangers
There is no way a list like this could exist without the magic that is Big Sexy. Colon turns 45 later this month and it doesn’t seem to matter at all. Beloved by his teammates and fans as well, it’s not even really a joke — Colon is pitching really, really well. He has a 3.29 ERA, a WHIP of 0.83, and took a perfect game into the 8th in April against one of the best-hitting lineups in baseball in the Houston Astros. Oh, and he was born during the Nixon Administration. If that’s not getting it done at an advanced age, nothing is.
Miguel Cabrera continues to have problems staying healthy.
The Detroit Tigers placed Cabrera on the 10-day DL Friday with a right hamstring strain. Cabrera suffered the injury on Thursday against the Royals.
The timing of the injury has to be frustrating for the Tigers given that Cabrera had just returned from missing a few games with a biceps strain.
Cabrera entered the season with a mission to have a big year after being hampered by a back injury last season. Though he’s hit the ball well when healthy, he keeps being sidelines by injuries.
In 26 games this year, Cabrera is batting .323 with nine doubles and three home runs.
The triple is always the hardest leg of the cycle, and Miguel Cabrera knows it.
The Detroit Tigers slugger had maybe his best performance of the 2018 season so far when he collected a single, a homer, and a double in his first three plate appearances against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Though the Tigers went on to win the game by the final of 8-5, Cabrera unfortunately lined out and drew an intentional walk in his final two at-bats of the evening.
After the game, the former AL MVP said that he knew he was a triple shy of the cycle but joked that he didn’t have the speed for it, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.
Indeed, the 35-year-old Cabrera hasn’t hit a triple since the 2016 season and hasn’t even stolen a base since April 10, 2015. Given his recent misadventures on the basepaths as well, it’s probably good that Miggy knows his limitations.
Miguel Cabrera left Thursday’s Detroit Tigers game against the White Sox with hip flexor tightness after falling on the bases.
Cabrera singled in the top of the first inning but fell after rounding first and was seen limping. He stayed in the game for another inning before being replaced.
The Tigers said the slugger had hip flexor tightness.
Cabrera has played well for the rebuilding Tigers this season. He’s batting .318 with a .991 OPS. Cabrera was looking to stay healthy this season after being plagued by a back injury all last year.
Last year, Miguel Cabrera took an L, but this year he wants to bounce back.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Friday that the Detroit Tigers slugger is said to be “determined” to have a “big bounce-back season” in 2018.
Cabrera, who will turn 35 in April, was limited to 130 games last season due to a multitude of injuries, most notably to his back. The result was perhaps his worst season as a professional — a career-low .249/.329/.399 slash line to go along with just 16 home runs and 60 RBIs. The two-time American League MVP also snapped a streak of seven consecutive All-Star selections.
Cabrera is still owed a colossal $184 million over the next six seasons. As such, this determination to return to form is definitely a welcome development in Detroit, even if he may be dealing with injury issues for the rest of his career.