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Cabrera, Tigers agree to one-year deal worth $11.3 million

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers agreed
Friday to a one-year contract worth $11.3 million, avoiding salary
arbitration before the All-Star third baseman's first season with
the team.

Cabrera and pitcher Dontrelle Willis joined Detroit as part of a
trade with Florida in December. The Marlins received a package of
six players, including two highly rated prospects: left-hander
Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Cabrera, 24, can become a free agent after the 2009 season, but
the Tigers hope to keep him long term.

Cabrera, one of the game's top sluggers, joins an imposing
lineup that includes Magglio Ordonez, Gary Sheffield, Carlos
Guillen, Ivan Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco. The
Tigers also acquired shortstop Edgar Renteria, a five-time
All-Star, in a trade with Atlanta this offseason.

In 157 games with the Marlins in 2007, Cabrera hit .320 with 91
runs scored, 38 doubles, two triples, 34 home runs and 119 RBI.
Cabrera compiled a .313 batting average in five seasons with the
club.

Detroit also agreed to a $780,000, one-year contract with
pitcher Bobby Seay.

The 29-year-old left-hander was 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 58 games
with the Tigers last season. In 134 major league appearances, he
has posted a 4-1 record and 3.97 ERA.

He can make an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses:
$20,000 for 55 games, $25,000 for 60 games and $30,000 for 63
games.