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      Detroit Tigers give Miguel Cabrera MLB-record 10-year, $292 million contract

      Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera bats in the cage before a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

      DETROIT (AP) Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera will earn a baseball-record $292 million over the next decade under a $248 million, eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.

      Cabrera, who turns 31 on April 18, is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015. The new deal was announced Friday at a news conference in Lakeland, Fla.

      The contract's average of $31 million tops the previous mark of $30,714,286 set by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw in his $215 million, seven-year deal in January. The total commitment tops the record set by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a $275 million, 10-year agreement in 2007.


      AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.