- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
The Cabrera deal, in the eyes of officials with other teams, is "Battlefield Earth" bad.
Folks from around the sport believe that Cabrera's deal is a guaranteed loser, and they do not understand what the Tigers could be thinking to sign on for this money pit that they know will have ripple effects on the entire industry.
"I just don't get it," one high-ranking NL executive said. "They lost their minds."
Said another: "It's an awful deal for the Tigers, and it's worse for baseball."
The criticism of the contract should not be confused with criticism of Cabrera, whose skills as a hitter are universally respected.