Tigers, Cabrera agree to $152.3 million deal
Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers reached a preliminary agreement on a $152.3 million, eight-year contract, according a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract wasn't yet final. The third baseman must pass a physical before the agreement can be finalized. Cabrera agreed on Jan. 18 to an $11.3 million salary for this season. The new deal adds $141 million over the following seven seasons. Cabrera will earn $15 million in 2009, when he would have been eligible for salary arbitration. Cabrera's average salary of $19,037,500 will be the fourth-highest in the major leagues behind those of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million), New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana ($22,916,667) and Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez ($20 million). Cabrera's deal will be the fourth-highest package. Rodriguez is starting a $275 million, 10-year contract, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is entering the eighth season of a $189 million, 10-year deal, and Ramirez is in the final guaranteed season of a $160 million, eight-year contract.
Giants banged up
With the start of the season but a week away, the injury bug continues to bite the Giants. Right-hander Kevin Correia (shoulder) was scratched from his scheduled start today and will throw in the bullpen instead. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said reliever Vinnie Chulk (right finger) is a candidate to start the season on the disabled list and that infielders Kevin Frandsen (left Achilles' tendinitis) and Ray Durham (left hamstring strain) could also start the season on the DL.
Cyclist's perjury trial road map for Bonds
This is the time of year when Barry Bonds should be studying opposing pitchers. Instead, his spring job is to follow the moves of federal prosecutors during the perjury trial of former elite cyclist Tammy Thomas, which begins today with jury selection. More than most, Bonds should have an interest in how Thomas' trial plays out. The home run king faces nearly identical charges arising from a federal investigation into a performance-enhancing drug distribution ring. The probe has ensnared track star Marion Jones and former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield. Eight people connected to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative have pleaded guilty.