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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila expects to see a slim, motivated Miguel Cabrera arrive at spring training in three months.

“I’ve talked to Miggy. I’ve talked to his agent. He’s committed to make sure that these last four years go as well as possible,” Avila said Tuesday at the MLB General Manager Meetings.

Four years is the magic number for Cabrera, 36, because it represents the number of seasons left on his monstrous contract, a span in which he’ll make $124 million no matter what happens.

Cabrera’s weight ballooned in 2019, which put pressure on his balky knee.

There is no surgical solution for Cabrera, but Avila is convinced he’s making the appropriate lifestyle changes.

Cabrera has hired a full-time, in-house chef who serves up meals approved by his personal nutritionist.

“Of course there’s a workout routine, strength-and-conditioning, weight loss, the whole bit. It’s full-scale,” Avila said. “If he follows that program, I have no doubt that he’ll come in in really good shape. Obviously he would have to continue that throughout the season to stay strong and healthy.”

Despite his knee problems, Cabrera never missed more than two consecutive games until the final week of the 2019 season. But in a year notable for an explosion of home runs, he hit only 12 in 549 plate appearances. He posted a .744 OPS, just under league average (96 OPS+ and 96 RC+).

“The injuries that he’s suffered are not going away. They’re there to stay,” Avila said. “‘There’s no more surgeries for me.’ That’s what he said. There’s no surgery that’s going to fix what he’s got.”

The first challenge for Cabrera will be the off-season weight loss. Then he’ll have to commit anew to in-season work.

“It’s no different than a pitcher going through a shoulder program,” Avila said. “If a pitcher does it throughout the season religiously, chances are he’s going to stay healthy. If a guy gets lazy and then abandons that program. If he does it off-and-on and he’s not committed to it? Then chances are he’s not going to make it through the season.

“Now, injuries will happen no matter how hard you work, but at the end of the day it’s about doing everything you can stay healthy.”

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