Miguel Cabrera on Tigers Trade Rumors: 'If They Are Going to Trade Me, Trade Me'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2017

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera watches his RBI single off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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As the Detroit Tigers continue to struggle and their veteran players continue hearing their names in hot-stove talk, first baseman Miguel Cabrera made it clear Sunday he's grown tired of the trade rumors.

"If they are going to trade me, trade me," Cabrera told reporters. "If they are going to trade these guys [my teammates], trade these guys. But I don't like to come here every day and hear about how they are going to trade this guy and trade that guy. Do something, and then that's it."

Cabrera, 34, is on pace for his worst full MLB season. He's hitting .264/.357/.440 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI through 74 games played, struggling with multiple injuries throughout the campaign.

The Tigers are 39-48 at the All-Star break and in fourth place in the AL Central. They had the fourth-highest payroll in baseball coming into the season, with a number of high-cost veterans on the roster. Cabrera signed an eight-year, $248 million extension in March 2014.

"We're human, man," Cabrera said. "We think, we feel, we feel everything. It's hard when you hear that every day."

Given his injury struggles, age and exorbitant salary, it would be borderline impossible for the Tigers to trade Cabrera. As a player with at least 10 years of playing experience and five years with his current team, Cabrera will also have final say on whether he will agree to a trade.

More likely trade targets would include teammates Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez, especially with the latter hitting free agency this winter. Verlander is under contract through at least the 2019 season with an annual $28 million salary.

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