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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: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

This is simply an amazing signing, and a very surprising development too. Who would have thought the Tigers were in the running to land Fielder the Younger? His father, Cecil, had a number of good years with Detroit. Perhaps his father had some influence on his son joining Detroit. Whatever, this is wonderful news for the motor city and Detroit Tiger fans. If the team can shore up the pitching a bit, there is a real possibility that the Tigers are going to be a contender for some years to come.

Comerica is not old Tiger Stadium where his father knocked the ball out of the park frequently, but with him and Cabrera in the starting lineup either one of them is a threat to hit a home run.

Let's go Tigers! And, thank you for landing an enormous fish for the team, the fans, the city and baseball.


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Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:55 pm
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Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I only wish David Glass had the stones to keep up with the Motor City Kitties...



Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

 Wow. Lay down to take a nap and I wake up to this news. Maybe if I take another nap the Tigers will have traded for Cliff Lee when I wake  up.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:54 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I hope the Brewers win the World Series and prove that you don't need $200+ million to be a champion.
no all you need is a bunch of 125 million dollar PED user instead? (Braun) lol



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Michael Ilitch just rocks!  Best Owner Ever...




Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Our Fans go to the games whether there is a recession or not BUFFALO BOB. As long as they don't suck.Which makes the  owner able to afford these type of contracts. With Mike IIlitch and Dave Dombrowski we don't have to worry about not being competitive for a long long time. Get used to it.



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Thank you Mr. Ilich i can't wait for opening day and to all the haters suk it



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

ooops, that was to the Buffalo fan, lol



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:51 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

nice comment  bob .. and may you have a glorious life... who wishes that on any city!


mike ilitsch is the owner every sport fan wants for their team! 


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