The White Sox won't get a reprieve from Miguel Cabrera until 2024.
Cabrera, the two-time reigning AL MVP, and the Detroit Tigers reportedly have agreed on a 10-year, $292 million contract extension. That means Cabrera, who turns 31 in April, will stick around Detroit through his age-40 season.
That's an awful lot of cash, but according to FanGraphs Cabrera has been worth at least $30 million in each of the last three seasons -- including a $38 million valuation in 2013. While Cabrera didn't win the Triple Crown last year, it arguably was his best season -- he led the AL in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.636) and blasted 44 home runs with 137 RBIs. His WAR was a career-high 7.6, and that's in spite of some defensive struggles at third base.
Still, the deal isn't without risk for Detroit. As Cabrera gets into his mid-to-late 30's, there's a heightened injury risk and a chance his bat slows down a bit.
Among his four AL Central opponents, Cabrera has the lowest OPS against the White Sox in his career -- though that's still a sparkling .889 mark. And he only has a .801 OPS in 57 games at U.S. Cellular Field, and has averaged one home run every 19 plate appearances on the South Side. That's a very un-Miggy-like number -- for example, at Progressive Field, Cabrera has averaged one home run about once every 14 plate appearances.
So the news maybe isn't all doom and gloom for the White Sox. Still, Cabrera's arguably the best hitter of this generation, so you're probably not going to see anyone doing cartwheels at the prospect of facing him on a regular basis for the next decade.