Miguel Cabrera’s focus is on another World Series ring, rather than a bigger paycheck.
On Wednesday, Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers decided against signing the contract that would make him eligible for a playoff bonus, ESPN reports.
USA Today Sports reports that the first baseman refused to sign the contract after teammate Max Scherzer came around the locker room asking for signatures. Cabrera told him, “I’m not signing anything.”
Scherzer spoke in Spanish, trying to persuade Cabrera to change his mind, but still he refused. “I just want the ring,” Cabrera admitted. “OK, more for us,” Scherzer said as he walked away.
Cabrera’s 10-year contract with the Tigers is worth a whopping $292 million. He received one World Series ring, back in 2003.
All of the players on the team vote on how to divide the playoff bonus, which totaled $307,000 for the Boston Red Sox after last year’s World Series. Some of the portions are distributed to staff members, such as clubhouse personnel.
Cabrera and the Tigers have their first playoff game on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles.