Blog Entry

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.



For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.

Comments

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

there's a sucker in MLB every year and for 2012, the award goes to
Funny, I thought the award went to any fans of the Royals for bothering with their team or spending money on a ticket to see them.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Miquel will be great at 3rd base. His butt will cover about 80% of the area involved. Peralta might have to play short on the 2nd base side just to make room.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera is going to be probably the most fearsome 3-4 hitters in baseball for sometime. I think Fielder is going to be great at least throught the first 5-6 years I just wonder if he Mo Vaughn's or Albert Belle's the last 3-4 years. But while it last it should be pretty damn good. I'm just glad he didn't go to Texas.


fuzznutz
Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:18 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

The Yankees would take Fielder in a heart beat if they could find someone to take Tex off their hands.  Unless he finds his bat -- he isn't going anywhere but NY.
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.  



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

No brainer, they lost Victor Martinez with a torn ACL.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera is going to be probably the most fearsome 3-4 hitters in baseball for sometime. I think Fielder is going to be great at least throught the first 5-6 years I just wonder if he Mo Vaughn's or Albert Belle's the last 3-4 years. But while it last it should be pretty damn good. I'm just glad he didn't go to Texas.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Wow...how many cheeseburgers will 214 mil buy?



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Their offense is, I think, one of the best in the league, but what about the pitching staff? Behind Verlander, who's going to get the outs?
Detroit acquired this guy named Doug Fister -- he only finished 2010 in the top 10 in ERA and WHIP, I think he will do alright, especially after he went 8-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his 1st 11 starts for Detroit last year.

Couple those two with Scherzer and Porcello -- I think the Tigers will be alright.  It doesn't even matter who the #5 starter is -- they can just plug in whoever and he will get wins with the number of runs the Tigers will score. 



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:11 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

only problem I see is that fielder goes from a hitters park to a pitchers park. Move in the walls please or his numbers will suffer severely
Quick fact check for you there crackcorn...

Miller Field right center 378', right field line 356'

Comerica right center 379', right field line 330'

Don't know how many of his right center HR's only made it out by a foot, but looks like an upgrade for Fielder in these terms.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com