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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
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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: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Ha ha, yep, keep "rebuilding" in Baltimore

who is rebuilding.....  you kidding me?

We have the master plan to win 65-70 games every year, no need to rebuild, what are you smokin?




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Gotta think about left and right handed batters. Here's mine

Jackson righty
Boesch Lefty
Young Righty
Cabrera Righty
Fielder Lefty
Peralta Righty
Avila lefty...

raburn righty/santiago switch hitter
inge righty/ Kelly lefty....

When Vmart comes back for 2013 he's a switch hitter and this lineup  will be sick.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Could Prince be the next Adam Dunn coming into the AL from the NL?



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Forget defense! Sign Damon, and let's do this:

1. Damon DH
2. Boesch RF
3. Cabrera 3B
4. Fielder 1B
5. Young LF
6. Avila C
7. Peralta SS
8. Santiago/Raburn 2B
9. Jackson CF





Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

With every negative comment, I laugh harder and harder.  This signing is amazing. Before the Tigers signed him, every one of these internet penny pinchers were ready to shell out 20+ million a year (of someone else's money) to Fielder.  Enjoy the sick offense coming out of Comerica this year.  Oh, and by the way.. don't the Tigers have an already amazing rotation to go with it?



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Rebuildin in Baltimore?

 

when and where? you gotta be kidding me.




Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

o woooooooooow. Cabrera AND Fielder. Redonk.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

hes going to be playing DH and hitting 30 HRS at the end of that contract most likely so they wont be eating too much



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Yikes, that contract is going to be an albatross the last few years.  Good luck with that.  Glad the Yankees stayed away from this guy, it's bad enough they are already stuck with ARod and Tex's contracts.  



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

With his body type he will decline rapidly after 3 more years, really great player but that is too long a term and too much money.


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