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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: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Tiger offense will dominate the central division with Prince protecting Miggy...how do you feel about it now Oswalt??



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

people saying prince is fat are ignorant, yeah he's a big guy way to beat a dead horse...having watched him play in Milwaukee the past few years I can tell you he's never missed a game for being a big dude, let alone to injury...



Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Incredible !!!! We have more holes to fill. Waste of money.



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I got no problem with that.



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

great now we got 2 fat ***** in Detroit reaping benefits ....see you guys in the playoffs ...meh



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

that fat ass aint worth that much for a firstbase men. Fat ass should of stayed in milkwaukee u will see his numbers drop alot miller park helped prince jack all those damn homers.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

What do you think this line up 1 thru 8 is going to look like?



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

You are so dumb it's not even funny.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

You are right, the radio and Detroit media didnt think he was coming here cause of his father.  But you know what, neither did I.  I guess it is the power of the mighty dollar at work here.  You cant say you dont like the signing but I am shocked.  Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander making 60+million a year.  Oh geez.  How much are the tickets going to cost at Comerica Park now?



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

You people can cry about the contract and how the Tigers overpaid and all that...but the Tigers have Miggy and Verlander (two future HOF) in their prime and they want to take full advantage of it. Another bat like Fielder could finally get Detroit another World Series. Just think if Vmart comes back in that lineup. YIKES!



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