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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 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

He wont do much since hes got to face the Jays...Jays are winning this one lads



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

The Cards will not even make the playoffs this year, so you don't need to sit and worry what team will come out of the American League. Hilarious that you think your team is even in the dicussion anymore... the Cards... funny. Sorry, the days of Pujols carrying your team are long gone. 



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

good luck!  i guess a hefty guy requires a hefty sum of money.  seems like Detroit could've got off for a hell of a lot cheaper had they read the message boards on here about 4 hours ago.  Fielder and Boras overstepped their bounds asking for a Pujols-like contract over a decade.  The rest of MLB was backpeddling and in step the Tigers.  good lord.  I wish you guys the best but this just has absurd written all over it....



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

kansas city has pro franchises? in what sports?



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

They still have to get by the yankees, angels, texans, red sox, etc
Um, didn't we just beat the Yankees last year in the playoffs?  And the Texans??  Are they fielding a baseball squad now too?



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:31 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

LOL bbb732k6. Great minds think alike.




Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

fuzznutz - bitter Royals fan who thought his team had a chance when Vmart went down with his ACL tear. TOO BAD. hahahaha GO TIGERS




Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Sounds like a sour Royals fan that actually thought they had a chance with Martinez gone. We may be bankrupt but at least it's not a dead sports town like KC. Good luck on your decade after decade long 'youth movement' rebuilding process. Oh, yeah... GO TIGERS!!



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

He won`t help them much!! They still have to get by the yankees, angels, texans, red sox, etc and by any chance of a miracle & they get to the big show (NOT), the Cardinals will  slam them again



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

As a Phillies fan, I'm glad Prince and Albert are out of the National League. This really hurts the NL Central, not to mention, not getting a bunch of games against the lowly Astros. 


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