Miggy noncommittal about future amid injuries: We'll see what happens
The next two months might be Miguel Cabrera's last hurrah in the majors.
Cabrera was noncommital Thursday about returning to the Detroit Tigers in 2023 due to ongoing physical issues.
"I gotta talk to my agent. I gotta talk to the GM. I gotta talk to everybody," the 39-year-old told reporters in regard to his future, according to Nolan Bianchi of the Detroit News. "Right now, we don't know. We focus about today ... and we see what happens."
The former Triple Crown winner also said he's talked to manager A.J. Hinch about cutting his playing time to not be a detriment to the team.
"I don't feel well right now," Cabrera said, according to Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to go out there and play, but I don't feel really good right now."
"I don't want to hurt the team," he added, per Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic. "I love this city. I don't want to hurt this city."
Injuries are nothing new for Cabrera, whose once fearsome bat has been slowed by a variety of ailments over the last six years. He's been limited to just 90 games while trying to play through a knee injury this season. His .657 OPS is by far the lowest of his 20-year career.
"I don't think it's gonna get a ton better," Hinch said of Cabrera's knee issue, according to Stavenhagen. "He has his good days, he has his bad days. I'm obviously very concerned because with his age and how he's much he's played, there's no real resolution other than you fight through it."
If Cabrera plays in 2023 he'll earn $32 million during the final season of his $284-million contract. The Tigers own a pair of $30-million club options in 2024 and '25 that would vest if he were to finish in the top 10 in MVP voting next year.
Though his production's tailed off, Cabrera reached two important milestones earlier this season by collecting his 3,000th-career hit in April and his 600th double in May. He's now one of only seven players in history with both 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, as well as one of just three to also have 600 two-base hits.