Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera not guaranteeing playing in 2023

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera not guaranteeing playing in 2023

Miguel Cabrera doesn’t like talking about his right knee.

On Thursday, though, the 39-year-old didn’t hesitate to discuss the subject. A few reporters approached Cabrera’s locker in the clubhouse after the Detroit Tigers DH sat out Wednesday’s series finale in Minneapolis. Understanding what was happening, the 20-year MLB veteran — a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame — puts them in the middle to talk about his health.

There’s a chance Cabrera is playing his final season.

He is undecided about his status for 2023.

“I got to talk to my agent, I got to talk to the GM (general manager Al Avila), I got to talk to everybody to see what’s going to be the plan for next year,” Cabrera said. “Right now, we’re focused on today. We’re going to go day-by-day and see what happens. I don’t think about next year right now. I think about trying to finish heathy this year, and we ‘ll see.”

Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera in the dugout during the first inning of the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Padres on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Comerica Park.

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Cabrera is owed $32 million from the Tigers for next season. He has spoken multiple times over the past two seasons about his goal of winning a World Series with the Tigers and his plan to retire after the conclusion of his contract, but this time, he wouldn’t commit to 2023.

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