As I sit here and watch the news wire on news of a Miguel Cabrera extension I notice that the Tigers went ahead an extended Nate Robertson today. The deal is a 3-year, $21M dollar extension that puts him in the rotation through 2010.
There were some stipulations to the salary though:
Robertson will earn $4.25 million this year, $7 million in 2009 and $10 million in 2010. He would earn $11 million in the third year of the deal if he throws a combined 400 innings in 2008 and 2009 or 200 innings in 2009.
So all told, it could mean $22M for Nate. I can only assume that Detroit wanted these stipulations in-case last year’s ‘tired arm‘ turns out to be more than it was, but that isn’t much of a savings. If there were to be any problems, a back of the rotation pitcher with a 4.45ERA and $7M & $10M due would be hard to move.
All-in-all I’m pleased to see this as Nate gave the Tigers several tremendous outings which were, unfortunately, usually followed up by some bad outings. If he can gain a bit of consistency, even a little, this would be a decent deal for Detroit.