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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: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

WOW! I am totally shocked. Not that someone was going to sign him but that someone would pay this fat guy almost $24 million a year for 9 years! I hope they have a clause in his contract that he has to lose about 50-60 pounds! In about 4 years, this dude's knees are going to be SHOT!! Then the Tigers are going to be strapped with a huge monkey on their back (I am talking about the money you racists!) and nothing they can do about it. Haha....they should have added a clause that each year he is more than 220 lbs he has to forfeit $10 million of his salary....lol.
Rho26des I hope the contract (the details to which have not been fully released yet) actually has clauses that allows the Detroit Tigers to be able to opt out beginning after the sixth year of this contract, and every year thereafter. Unless he loses weight there is no way he plays out all 9 years of his contract. Especially not at the level to justify paying him over $23,000,000 per season.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Projected Lineup: 
 
1. Jackson CF
2. Boesch RF
3. Young LF
4. Cabrera 1B/DH
5. Fielder DH/1B
6. Avila C
7. Peralta SS
8. Santiago/Raburn 2B
9. Inge/Kelly 3B
I dont think this is right. Here is my prediction:

Jackson
Young
Miggy
Prince
Boesch
Avila
Peralta
(8)
(9)

8 and 9 are interchangable depending on who's there....but I think Boesch is going to stay behind Prince or switch with Young and Yound will hit 5.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

@paperboii -  you're correct.  It's funny, something you never notice or realize not seeing someone everyday but when the Phillies (swept =) ) the Brewers at the end of the year last year one of the Phillies broadcasters pointed out how Prince - who had popped out to 2nd - still legged out the play.  The guy is definitely a gamer. Wish him luck.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:45 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: May 24, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

 .. yeah prince is a big dude way to beat a dead horse .. so having watched him play in Milwaukee for the past few years I can tell you he is not more injury prone due to his girth .. healthier than Braun I can tell you that ...



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

That collective groan you just heard was from the Detroit pitching staff.  For now, Miggy and the Great Fatsby will likely swap DH/1B.  When V-Mart returns the Tigers almost have to move Miggy back to 3B (another groan).  It will be interesting to see if Detroit 3, 4, & 5 hitters will have more HRs or more Errors.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I'm glad the O's didn't spend that on fielder. After 5 years thats 20mil a year wasted. He'll be called Prince DL
Ha ha, yep, keep "rebuilding" in Baltimore



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

WOW! I am totally shocked. Not that someone was going to sign him but that someone would pay this fat guy almost $24 million a year for 9 years! I hope they have a clause in his contract that he has to lose about 50-60 pounds! In about 4 years, this dude's knees are going to be SHOT!! Then the Tigers are going to be strapped with a huge monkey on their back (I am talking about the money you racists!) and nothing they can do about it. Haha....they should have added a clause that each year he is more than 220 lbs he has to forfeit $10 million of his salary....lol.
Rho26des I hope the contract (the details to which have not been fully released yet) actually has clauses that allows the Detroit Tigers to be able to opt out beginning after the sixth year of this contract, and every year thereafter. Unless he loses weight there is no way he plays out all 9 years of his contract. Especially not at the level to justify paying him over $23,000,000 per season.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Let's hope Prince Fielder doesn't end up like father Cecil and not pay child support. The Tigers are shelling out a lot of money for Fielder, but he's only 27 and i looks like the righ move if he can stay healthy. He hasn't misses many games, so look out Indians, White Sox abd Twins, your AL Central favorite has to be the Tigers coming out of camp.

I wonder what happned to the Nationals and Rangers??? They were supposedly trying to talk to him as well.



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

This is insane... How much BETTER is the AL than the NL right now? Its kind of a joke that at least 2 great teams in the AL will miss the playoffs, while the NL West and Central winners might scratch out 85 wins.


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