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Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:02 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 7:04 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Chalk up one more for the so-called mystery team. First it was Cliff Lee going to the Phillies, then Albert Pujols heading to the Angels. Now Prince Fielder has shocked the baseball world by signing with the Detroit Tigers, a team that hadn't even been remotely connected to him in rumors the entire offseason. The robust first baseman has signed a nine-year contract worth $214 million, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned.

The Tigers were recently dealt what appeared to be a pretty severe blow, as Victor Martinez tore his ACL and could miss the entire 2012 season. So there went Miguel Cabrera's lineup protection, right? Think again. Owner Mike Ilitch really wants to win a World Series championship and this signing indicates one of the strongest reactions one can even imagine to news like that.

Prince to Tigers
Heyman also notes that the finalists to land Fielder were the Nationals, Tigers and one other "mystery team." So it's entirely possible the Nationals would have come away with Fielder had Martinez not torn his ACL. It's funny how things work sometimes.

A Fielder-Cabrera combo in the middle of that order will dominate AL Central pitching. Throw Justin Verlander into the mix, and the Tigers have three of baseball's biggest stars.

Fielder, 27, hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 homers, 120 RBI, 95 runs and 36 doubles last season for the NL Central champion Brewers. He finished third in MVP voting and also took home the All-Star Game MVP. Though Fielder is a large man, he is as durable as they come. He hasn't played in less than 157 games in a season since becoming a regular. He played in all 162 last season, following up seasons where he appeared in 161 and 162 games, respectively.

The smart money with Fielder and Cabrera is a split at first base, with the other serving as the designated hitter. Then again, what if the Tigers got nuts and tried to shove Cabrera back across the diamond to play third base again -- where he began his career? That would mean the infield defense would be awful, but would also leave room for a better hitting DH than Brandon Inge (who, at this point, looks like the third baseman). And if Victor Martinez comes back healthy? It works even better.

The Tigers won the AL Central by 15 games last season. Even if Martinez misses all of the 2012 season, Fielder is a pretty sizeable upgrade to the offense. So it would appear the division is the Tigers' to lose.

For now, though, the only details that really matter are that Prince Fielder is heading to Detroit -- where his father once held down the middle of the order -- and he's going to make a whole lot of money.



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Comments

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:57 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Seriously you believe your comment ? The yanks are old news my friend they have aging vets ARoid hit what again last yr during playoffs .125 . You should be thankful the Tigers gave you guys Granddy.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:58 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

redwings:

I wasn't serious.............hope you know.  However, Yanks will return to WS sooner than Tigers.  Yanks are " re-tooling".....Indians are    " re-fooling " again. I know this. Relax...................Tigers will probably win the division..that is, unless the Twins rise from the ashes......who knows???????????????



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

my word,what will The Prince of donuts weigh when this contract expires,about 214 million pds



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:28 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Indians will win Central with a junk team. Tigers' owner will be looking at his empty checkbook. Yankees will return to World series, and the world of sports shall, once again, maintain an air of normalcy.

Sure they will.  I can see how you believe the Indians win the division since they came so close last year.  What were they, 15 games out?  The Indians might be a little more healthy this year but the Tigers will be better so 15 to 20 games is about the lead the Tigers will have on the Indians by the end of the season.   Who knows, might even be 25... tough to say.  Cleveland has been disgusting for a very long time.





Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:01 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Indians will win Central with a junk team. Tigers' owner will be looking at his empty checkbook. Yankees will return to World series, and the world of sports shall, once again, maintain an air of normalcy.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Who wrote up the fake Brian rant?



I did. LOl Did you read it ?? I thought sure everyone would get a laugh. But a couple of people thought I was the one ragging on Detroit sports teams. LOL

Go read it RedWings. You know Brian has got to be mad. First, he gets banned. Then the Patriots beat the Ravens after he guaranteed the Ravens would win. the Giants also made it to the Super Bowl. And now, Prince signs with the team Brian loves to hate, the Tigers.





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:21 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

brian8troll got banned? SurprisedCry

redwings, didn't he just last week tell me he had changed his way and didn't resort to name-calling anymore? Laughing

I'll miss him........he was funny, even if he didn't realize it.

Bizona.  Brian8ball sent me a private message I think on January 2nd or 3rd wishing me a happy new year and wanting to stop the arguing.   Didn't take more then 3 or 4 days for that to change.  LOL  

Don't worry though, he'll be back.  He basically said he's bound and determined to destroy CBS Sports for employing unfair moderators and to warn CBS members about how CBS rips off real money fantasy players.

LOL   He's a clown .... 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

You fooled me also with that fake Brian rant, I was searching the whole thread to see where it came from so I could keep an eye on that little tricksy one.

Well done, but sorry you did it so well and caught some slack.

Who wrote up the fake Brian rant?



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Ilitch for President!




Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

@RedWings, will you please explain to everyone that my previous post was just a dig at Brian8ball. Even you seem to think I'm him. LOL You do know better than to think Brian is using my screen name don't you man ??

You fooled me also with that fake Brian rant, I was searching the whole thread to see where it came from so I could keep an eye on that little tricksy one.

Well done, but sorry you did it so well and caught some slack.


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