The name stares at you from the computer screen. Miguel Cabrera.
The Detroit Tigers, in a payroll cutting-mode, will listen to offers for the enigmatic first baseman. This guy would fill a lot of holes for the Mets. He’d take care of first base for the next six seasons and provide a potent right-handed bat.
But, he won’t come without a price.
In 2010, Cabrera will be entering the third year of an eight-year, $152.3 million deal. Here’s the breakdown: $20 million the next two seasons; $21 million in 2012 and 2013; and $22 million in 2014 and 2015.
That’s a lot, but he posts a lot of numbers. Last year he hit .324 with 34 homers and 103 RBI and finished fourth in the AL MVP voting.
In addition to the money, the Mets would probably have to empty the shelves in their prospect cupboard.
If you’re talking about the Mets making a splash, this would be an example. However, another obstacle for the staid Mets is his potential for making a splash on the back pages of the tabs. Cabrera is a hot head, both in the clubhouse – remember his shoving incident with Scott Olson in the dugout at Shea? – and got into a fight with his wife at the end of last season.
I don’t really see it because the team linked to Cabrera on the rumor mill is Boston, but it’s interesting to speculate. That kind of talent is something the Mets desperately need.