Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera not guaranteeing playing in 2023

Miguel Cabrera doesn’t like talking about his right knee.

On Thursday, though, the 39-year-old didn’t hesitate to discuss the subject. A few reporters approached Cabrera’s locker in the clubhouse after the Detroit Tigers DH sat out Wednesday’s series finale in Minneapolis. Understanding what was happening, the 20-year MLB veteran — a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame — met them in the middle to talk about his health.

There’s a chance Cabrera is playing his final season.

He is undecided about his status for 2023.

“I got to talk to my agent, I got to talk to the GM (general manager Al Avila), I got to talk to everybody to see what’s going to be the plan for next year,” Cabrera said. “Right now, we’re focused on today. We’re going to go day-by-day and see what happens. I don’t think about next year right now. I think about trying to finish heathy this year, and we ‘ll see.”

Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera in the dugout during the first inning of the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Padres on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Comerica Park.

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Cabrera is owed $32 million from the Tigers for next season. He has spoken multiple times over the past two seasons about his goal of winning a World Series with the Tigers and his plan to retire after the conclusion of his contract, but this time, he wouldn’t commit to 2023.

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