Nice Guys Finish Second, but There’s Gold in the Motor City

Miguel Cabrera is still the richest Venezuelan in Detroit—but Victor Martinez just got a little bit closer.

After a stellar season at the plate–he hardly plays the field any longer after some devastating leg injuries–V-Mart turned it on this season, at age 35, no less. He had 32 home runs, 103 RBI and batted .335 while making the All-Star team and ultimately finishing second in the MVP voting. That’s what we call a contract season, folks. He led the junior circuit in on-base percentage, too.

What does that get you these days? How about a $5 million pay raise, or $70 million over the next four seasons. That’s what you get as a pure hitter. $17 million a year buys a lot of arepas, my friend.

Another second-place finisher in the awards voting this week was King Felix Hernandez, who this year played Crown Prince to Alabama’s own Corey Kluber in the AL Cy Young voting. Truth be told, their seasons were close statistically, but Felix faltered slightly in September, when the games mattered most, including a debacle against Toronto in which he gave up 8 runs (a scoring change later reduced the number of earned runs to only 4, and Felix won the ERA crown with a stingy 2.14). But watch out, American League: he says the slight disappointment will fuel his competitive fire in 2015.

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