Miguel Cabrera plans to end his contract and retire after 2023

20-year Detroit Tigers veteran and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera will play at least one more major league season.

On Friday, Cabrera told Chis McCosky of the Detroit News that he had no plans to retire at the end of the 2022 campaign and planned to honor the remainder of his contract with the Tigers, which expires after the 2023 season.

“No way I’m quitting… Next year I’ll be here,” Cabrera said McCosky.

Earlier in the week, Cabrera told reporters he was “not feeling well at the moment” and would discuss his status for 2023 with his agent and the team. Although, allegedly, things have changed.

The 39-year-old essentially has one year left on an eight-year, $248 million contract with the Tigers. Cabrera will earn $32 million next season, while his contract includes mutual options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

Cabrera’s 2022 season was shaping up to be his much-deserved swan song.

In April, Cabrera became the 33rd player in MLB history to reach 3,000 career hits.

Three months later, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred named Cabrera and St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols as special All-Star selections for July’s Midsummer Classic.

This season, Cabrera has four homers and 36 RBIs, cutting .268/.317/.332 in 91 games for the Tigers.

Since his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins in 2003, Cabrera has been a 12-time All-Star, won seven Silver Sluggers, four batting titles, two MVP awards and an AL Triple Crown.

Cabrera compiled 3,074 hits, 506 homers and 1,840 RBIs while slashing .309/.385/.526 in 2,678 career MLB games for the Marlins and Tigers.

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