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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: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

not that i was the one who said that i think i just caught the back end of that and not the original post... but yeah i can't imagine how anyone could compare the rangers to the wings.  i'm a huge hockey/ranger fan and even though the rangers are playing great, they can't hold a candle to the wings as a franchise. the knicks blow and yes i'm still a fan.  most of the titles in NY were won by the yanks or the giants.  the 94 rangers being the only that wasn't in any recent time frame. 

however, the yankees are to the tigers what the wings are to the rangers.  sure the tigers beat us last year and in 07.  the yanks won a world series in bethere though.  in recent years they have knocked us out twice and they/you certainly have braging rights with yankee fans until say around april 1st or when ever opening day is. 

however i think you vastly over state the worth of winning an alds series.  no offense but you sound a little like rex ryan and we got two straight afc conference games we are just as good as the team that won 3 times in the last 10 years!!!!  the yanks don't talk about when we almost won.  they yanks don't rest laurels on alds series wins when they lose in the next round.

    




Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

@RedWings, will you please explain to everyone that my previous post was just a dig at Brian8ball. Even you seem to think I'm him. LOL You do know better than to think Brian is using my screen name don't you man ??Smile

Grandetroit is new so he wouldn't know about Brian's crazy rants and antics. Please explain to everyone that I am not really Brian8ball.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:31 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

 I am not remotely a Giants fan, and I downright hate the Yankees, but as a ratio, 1 is infinately more than 0.  Also they have won 3 championships in the last 25 years, and have qa decent chance of winning their 4th.   Also, the Jets won SB 3, so even if you want to compare those two, you lose.

My bad.  I made a mistake on the Giants, yes they've won 3 in the last 25 years.   As for the Jets winning it all what feels like 100 years ago, I didn't forget..... I just didn't care.   The point is somebody tried to tell us New York sports teams as a whole are just as good or better then Detroit sports teams when in reality it's not true..... especially not in the recent past.  And even if you use the last 25 years as an example, I think Detroit sports have somewhere around 8 championships or so?   New York in the last 25 years has what, maybe 9 or so?  When you consider there are a lot more sports teams in pro sports in New York then Detroit 1 or 2 more championships in the last 25 years hardly means anything.  

And if you want to look at what's happened much more recently?  I'll put Detroit sports up against New York any day of the week.  The Wings still out class the NYR and NYI, it's not even worth discussing.  I'll gladly put the Tigers up against the Yankees or the Mets.  The Lions are an up and coming team that isn't afraid of the Giants or the Jets.   The Pistons are terrible... brutal.  New York beats Detroit in basketball but that being said the Knicks aren't likely to win a championship anytime soon.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Gee..NEVERFORGET the Tigers drew 2,642,045 this past year and have been averaging 2.5 millon
Don't think they'll have any problems. Economy in all communities make things tough but people ALWAYS
find a way to support their team...especially when the competitiveness is there



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:16 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

@Grandetroit, you misunderstand. I'm not a Yankee fan or Detroit hater at all. Ask RedWings and Sklaos about the haterr known as Brian8ball. I can't believe you don't know about him. He's been on here under different screen names thoroughly bashing the city of Detroit, the Red Sox, Patriots and any other sports fans and teams that are different than his own. He even challenged RedWings and others to meet him and duke it out, but would never show up where he said he would be or provide any info at all. Just kept running his mouth. I was just providing comic relief for everyone on here by imitating him ! Believe me, ask some of these guys on here. I'm not the jerk you think I am. Brian8ball talked just like that, IN CAPS all the time. He was finally banned last week.

I never intended to offend anyone



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

The Giants won a superbowl years ago, and yes they got there again this year.  But between 2 New York teams I would hardly call one superbowl victory in 40 years much of an accomplishment, zero isn't that much better then one.

 I am not remotely a Giants fan, and I downright hate the Yankees, but as a ratio, 1 is infinately more than 0.  Also they have won 3 championships in the last 25 years, and have qa decent chance of winning their 4th.   Also, the Jets won SB 3, so even if you want to compare those two, you lose.

Do your math at least.  



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Big boys League

 

 

Angels, Tiger, Yankees, and Rangers....Everyone else looking up!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:16 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I like the signing, The Tigers should rule this season.  By the way, what is the 8ball's new name?

I don't know but if you find out I'd appreciate you letting me know.  

I miss him :) 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:15 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

i i think the giants have more then 1 superbowl win in the last 40 years.  you might want to crunch those numbers again




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:13 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Detroit can afford this? How can an impoverished and depressed city fill seats and pay this guy? MLB contracts are a sham. But, Prince can now almost single-handedly get D Town out of its housing depression...
I'm going to really go out on a limb and say -- Since 90+% of the population of Michigan DOES NOT live in Detroit, I don't think the Tigers will have much of problem filling the seats.

Couple that with the fact the Big 3 have all rebounded and the unemployment rate in Michigan is the best it has been in years -- I don't think the Tigers will have much trouble filling the seats.

Also the fact that Detroit has some of the most reasonable priced tickets in the MLB makes it quite easy to fill the seats.  Of course they have the big baller tickets for those who want them, but a large amount of the tickets for a Tigers game is priced between $5-$18. 


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