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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: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Power defeats speed. 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Short term .. probably work out pretty good.   BUT ... long term, this is a God aweful deal on so many levels it's laughable.   Prince is 28 .. he'll be 29 in May .. and as a young guy he's already struggling with massive weight problems.   When he gets over the 30 hump, this guy will explode as his metabolism slows down.   A guy like this could literally lose his skills over night.  The only saving grace is that he went to an American League team and maybe that buys him a couple of years cuz he can DH.   Teams signing these long term deals haven't seen the back end just yet .. but when they do, they will regret the day they ever made such ludicris commitments.   No way this guy's body holds up when he hits his thirtys .. so enjoy it while you can.   Bad move.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Don't need to steal when the ball goes over the fence!!



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

A very interesting signing, indeed.  The talk on the sports station here has been how he would never come to Detroit because of his dad.  I'm sure he'll have to answer that question and it should be interesting.

Gonna score a lot of runs.  It will be interesting to see the defensive layout.  Did they call Cabrera and ask him about playing 3rd?  Maybe this is a move to platoon 1st/DH to elongate both of those careers?   Either way, there's going to be a lot of souvenier baseballs in the bleachers at Comerica Park this year!! 



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

hey genuis. who said their done cause the got Fielder. Speed is the cheapest skillset to buy in the pros!!



Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Maybe the Tigers could have the pitchers bat and Fielder could DH hit for Inge?


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Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:56 pm
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Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

there will not be many detroit fans unhappy with this deal.
that is how you know it is a good one.
all the haters can hate....this is a great signing for the Tigers.
Good Luck to the rest of the division because you will need it.




Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

It isn't surprising that the Nats didn't step up here. Nine years for someone who is 5-10 and 275 pounds is literally insane. With Mike Morse already on the roster, spending the kind of money it would take to sign Prince just to get the difference between him and Morse would be inefficient.

Ryan Zimmerman should be treated as the face of the franchise, and he need to be resigned. The real need for the Nats, whether through a trade or free agency is a big time center fielder. Prince would have been nice, but my guess is that by the fifth year of his nine-year deal, he'll be a net minus. $24 million a year is a lot of money.
 



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

fnally someone with some sense!


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