Detroit Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera uncertain if he’ll play beyond this season

Detroit Tigers great Miguel Cabrera said for the first time Thursday that this could be the last season of his Hall of Fame career.

Cabrera, who struggled with health issues in 2022, previously said he wanted to play through the end of the 2023 season when he is owed $32 million in the last fully guaranteed year of his contract.

“I need to speak to my agent, I need to speak to the GM, I need to speak to everyone [to] See what the plan is for next year,” Cabrera told reporters ahead of Detroit’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. “At the moment we don’t know. We focus on today. We’ll go day by day and see what happens. I’m not thinking about next year. I’m thinking about ending this year healthy.”

The 39-year-old said he’s been playing through knee pain in recent weeks and will be limited to just every other day during Detroit’s six-game homestand.

“You have to understand your body,” Cabrera said. “I understand my body and I now understand my position in this team. I am fine. I will keep working. Every time they give me a chance to play, I’ll go out there and do my best. This is the bottom line. That’s what matters. And it’s an opportunity for young people here to get more racquets and see what we have for next year.”

Cabrera made history earlier this year when he recorded his 3,000th hit and became the seventh member of the 500 HR/3,000 hit club.

However, after a fulminating May, the numbers from Cabrera have come back down to earth. As of Thursday, he’s finishing .271/.321/.336 with four home runs and 36 RBIs this season. And he’s only had three extra base hits in his last 21 games. Detroit Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera uncertain if he’ll play beyond this season

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