Cabrera was signed in 1999 as an amateur free agent by the Florida Marlins, and progressed through their minor league system. He made his MLB debut in mid-2003 at the age of 20, and contributed to the Marlins' World Series success later that year. Over the next four seasons, Cabrera was a regular player for the Marlins before being traded to the Detroit Tigers in late 2007. In 2012, Cabrera became the first player since 1967 to win the batting Triple Crown, leading the AL with a . 330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 runs batted in (RBIs), earning him the AL MVP award that year. In 2013, Cabrera improved on his previous year's batting performance, including a career-high . 348 batting average, and received another AL MVP award.