Before the 2014 season Miguel Cabrera signed an 8 year extension for $240 Million. Therefore, he was under contract for $284 Million for 10 years beginning in 2014. Collectively, it's the biggest contract in MLB history.
When he signed this contract, all I could think is, "Didn't the Detroit Tigers see what happened with Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols? Why did they give him such an insane contract for that length of time?"
How did Miguel Cabrera do in 2014? As of this writing, he's hitting:
.318/.379/.526, 23 HRs, 103 RBIs, 5.0 WAR
It's not horrible. By any normal measure it's a good year, but certainly not what the Tigers were hoping on the beginning for the next 10 years. It was actually far worse when I began writing this blog post, but an insane .469/.507/.844 September pumped up his season numbers. His slash line from April to August were .299/.363/.468.
If I were the Tigers, I'd be concerned. It's not looking good for the next 9 years.