Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera

Former AL Rookie of the Year, MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander has a claim here, particularly given his link to the team's competitive resurgence in the mid-2000s as well as his own resurgence last year, which nearly added another Cy Young Award to his mantel. Even so, it's Cabrera who gets the nod. He also has accumulated plenty of accolades—two AL MVP awards, four batting championships and the 2012 Triple Crown—in his first nine years in the Motor City and as he’s signed through 2023 with a pair of vesting options after that, Miggy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. He should reach 3,000 hits and 500 (maybe even 600) home runs before he’s done in Detroit.

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