While the Detroit Tigers weren’t able to lock up American League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a long-term contract, word is there is some early optimism in contract talks that have begun between Detroit and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera.

Part of the hopefulness may come from long-term relationships established between Cabrera, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski and most of his top executive staff, who signed Cabrera originally with the Marlins and have been with him for the vast majority of his career. But since talks have begun, it doesn’t appear that hope has dissipated.

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The Tigers have not been saying anything publicly regarding the Cabrera talks, as is their usual way.

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