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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: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

look at the comments, 1 out of 7 fans are saying championship, not everyone is ignoring other needs the team has. By the way, been to Buffalo ... you are really going to crack on Detroit living in Buffalo?



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I wish MLB had a salary cap. I hope the city of Detroit goes through another depression and we can laugh at them once again. Terrible town and terrible people. Already proclaiming a championship. How'd that work for the Phillies or Red Sox last year?




why are you so bitter for, think you have mauer for 23 million a year so what is wrong with detroit paying 24 million for prince? or are you bitter because the tigers are up and coming and the twins a free falling? wow and minnisota people and city is that much better, i think not lol i have been there about 10 times and it isnt much of a city at all. so quit hating



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Hockey Fan La, I will get back with you later, I do have to shut my computer down but before I leave, Pulols sucks and will fall flat on his ass. He is older then people thinks and he will get caught taken drugs, just like Braun




Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:47 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Great pick up for the Tigers!  Prince is a beast!



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:46 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

CHAMPIONSHIP HAHAHAHAHAHAH BILLS SUCK



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Cabrera and Fielder is the best 1-2 punch in baseball.


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:43 pm
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Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Nothing at all.... not saying we will.... and Prince is an upgrade, not just filling a hole. Just think that is a scary 1 two punch now :-) 



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:42 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

So Stlouisredbirds, let me make sure I have this right;  The Tigers have to get by the Yankees (X), the Angels (X), Red Sox (X)....which they have shown they can do.  Then they have to get by the Texans?  Now I am confused on this one as I do not see the Tigers donning football uni's and I do not see the Texans grabbing bats.  Let's assume you know something about baseball and meant the Rangers(X).
I'm guessing you are a Cardinals fan......so all you have to do is have your team advance through the NL again without Pujols, who was argueably your most effective offensive production guy.  I am not a betting man, but I would lay odds that the Tigers are more likely to return to the series than the cards this season.



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:42 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Heyman's reports have been about as reliable as a solar panel in a basement.  I think Scott Boras is a master at PR.  No one knew jack about this except for what he wanted people to know.  The public bidding war just raises the final price for the "mystery team".  Funny how most of his clients end up with the "mystery team".



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