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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: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Do you? Clown



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

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Do you know anythign about baseball?



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

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I AM STUNNED. Just give up now Indians, Royals, etc. HAHAHAHA I am so happy.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

WOW!  ALL I CAN SAY.  SMH AT THE GLUTTONY.



Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I'm a Brewer fan and think he'll be good for the next four or five years of the contract. Good luck Detroit with eating the rest of the contract.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I'd be very excited if I were a Tigers fan and concerned if I were a fan of the other AL Central teams. Fielder is great and just about any team would be very happy to have him.

Having said that, that contract is ridiculous. But, of course, this is MLB.....what else is new?



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

W0W!! So who plays first? They move Cabrera or they split and DH?
Very first question that came to my mind too.  I guess they must, I don't see where else either of them plays unless Cabrera puts on the 3B glove again.  Either way, nice problem to have, guess we will have to pay a little more for tickets, but it's worth it.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Yes I am......


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Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:19 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

WOW!!!!  Tigers stepping up HUGE!  Guess they`ll platoon Miggy & Prince between 1B/DH.  AL Central race is OVER, print the playoff tickets early.  They still need some help in other areas(SP after Verlander, 3B)  Shocked $214,000,000!!!!


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