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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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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Actually, if Tex got that batting average up a bit more, I'd take Tex over Fielder hands down.  Tex is argubly the best defensive 1st basemen in the league and has right and left handed power.  Like I said, if he can get that batting average up this year like he is capable of, he is a much better overall player than Fielder.  
dkny81,

the problem with Tex -- since 2008, his batting average and OBP have done nothing but decline.  He set career lows in 2010 for both BA and OBP -- then followed up with an encore in 2011 by setting career lows AGAIN in both BA and OBP.

Fielder's career stats are better than Tex across the board offensively -- Better career BA, better career OBP, better career slugging % and he is just now entering his prime.




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Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:59 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I'm happy for Detroit!  THAT city deserves a World Series winner; sports championships bring a lot of mojo to the city.  The STEELERS did wonders for Pittsburgh in the 1970s, s did the Clemente and Stargell World Series champs of '71 and '79.  Couple that with the three championsip of this decade (STEELERS and PENS); WE are pretty lucky.  Well, I hope to see a PIRATES - TIGERS World Series this year!!!



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

one horrible team to another, its ok detroit can pay all that money as the Indians up and comers take the title



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

As a white sox fan, I'm envious!! Jealous, and hating is right around the corner! lol Dang!



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

division goes.....detroit, chicago, minny, leaveland...all hail ubaldo



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

One of the WORST SIGNINGS I'VE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME. He's a terrible fit for that stadium. He's a flyball hitter and will lose a ton of homeruns to catches on the warning track. He'll be good for 25 -30 HR's which means he'll be averaging just under a million per HR. The guy adds nothing else besides power. if you're spending that kind of money what not bring in Pujols??? It makes no sense. Victor's injury should not be a factor. If they had this kind of money to spend they should have gone after the top prize in Pujols.
LMAO -- coming from a Yankees fan -- it isn't even the worst signings you've seen in the last 5 years.  Remember the Alex Rodriguez extension??  He will be the top paid player in baseball til he is 41.  What about AJ Burnett??  What is he getting 16-18 million a year to put up #5 starter numbers???

I could go back a little further for you -- How about Kei Igawa or Carl Pavano???  What about Jason Giambi???  Should I keep going or is 5 contracts signed by your own team that are much worse enough???  I could keep going if you'd like.  LMAO.





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

One of the WORST SIGNINGS I'VE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME. He's a terrible fit for that stadium. He's a flyball hitter and will lose a ton of homeruns to catches on the warning track. He'll be good for 25 -30 HR's which means he'll be averaging just under a million per HR. The guy adds nothing else besides power. if you're spending that kind of  what not bring in Pujols??? It makes no sense. Victor's injury should not be a factor. If they had this kind of money to spend they should have gone after the top prize in Pujols.

Easy there Yankee fan.  A little upset somebody else spend some money for once?  Trust me, Prince Fielder has a little more pop in his bat then you think and he'll do fine hitting home runs in Detroit.   Second of all there are a lot more extra base hits in Detroit then most other places, Fielder is a big guy but he'll hit quite a few of those too.   And he'll get plenty of games hitting bombs in parks with porches similar to the minor leagues in Boston and New York, not to mention hitters parks like Toronto, Chicago, Texas and others.

And he adds much more then power to the lineup... you fool !  He's going to hit .300 ( a lot more room in the outfield for hits) and is regularly above .400 in OBP, not to mention a career OPS of somewhere around .900 plus?   This Tigers lineup was already potent, but it just got a lot better.  And it's a better lineup then Milwaukee had so his numbers shouldn't drop much.  Check out some "park factors" on ESPN and you'll see hitting in Milwaukee isn't much easier then it is in Detroit.   And when Vmart comes back after this season this lineup becomes near impossible to pitch to.  How many teams can say their 3, 4 and 5 hitters all have an OBP between .380 and .410?

As for Pujols, he's a great player, no doubt about it.  But he's also a little older so I'll gladly take Fielder for 30 million less....

Anyway Yankee fan, enjoy your massive Pineda and Kuroda acquisitions.... I think the move the Tigers made trumps anything your team has done lately.  



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

big bat to add to any lineup...jess sayin



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

One of the WORST SIGNINGS I'VE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME. He's a terrible fit for that stadium. He's a flyball hitter and will lose a ton of homeruns to catches on the warning track. He'll be good for 25 -30 HR's which means he'll be averaging just under a million per HR. The guy adds nothing else besides power. if you're spending that kind of money what not bring in Pujols??? It makes no sense. Victor's injury should not be a factor. If they had this kind of money to spend they should have gone after the top prize in Pujols.

 first you know nothing, center right and right field is shorter then mil fields, and he is a left handed hitter. if he was right hander then it would be tough with the fences in left feild and left center. and the worst contract ever and you have a NY icon for your name. i can name three (tex 20mil for 240. bat avg, arod 25 million for a PED washup, and Jeter last contract) need i dig anymore for stupid contracts, dont have me look at your pitching staff contracts! Pujols is going to be 32 and Feilder is 27  with about the same stats, lol


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