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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 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:01 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

mempatfan honestly your a joke.. detroit is an elite sports city and new york has nothing on detroits sports teams u have the yankees and now ur mad because ur beloved yankees arnt gonna match up to this dominant tigers team. p.s. detroit aint full losers were full of suvivors not only do we stick with our sports teams when there down we stick with our city when its down ull never find a city that sticks togeather like we do. yall some haters and are full of yourselfs...



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:50 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Another ridiculously, outrageous contract.  A fine example of why I have to spend 300 or 400 bucks to take my 2 sons to a baseball game.  But, that's the market, so kudos to Fielder.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:26 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

While I make no claims to know the Tigers plans, this COULD turn out to be a very expensive DH. Why the Yankees didnt want him. Too much. Somebody got desperate, tho kudos to him for the desire to both win and please the fans. It prob will hurt your future signings,
They already said they are moving Cabrera to 3B and Fielder would play 1B.  The Yankees didn't want him, as they already have two huge contract at 1B and 3B for guys who haven't come close to earning the money they are paying them.  ARod has the worst contract in baseball history and Tex has set career lows in BA and OBP in back to back years (hitting a whopping .248 for his 23.2 million dollar salary in 2011).  Sad part is -- Tex's numbers are impressive compared to hitting .276 with 16 hrs for 32 millions dollars for ARod.

Detroit definitely had to shell out serious cash to get Fielder, but the vast majority of the contract will be in his prime years and the last 2-3 years he can move to DH.

As far as hurting future signings -- Detroit has the core of their team locked up for the next 4-5 years -- Verlander, Cabrera, Fielder, Scherzer, Fister, Avila etc. are all locked up.






Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:13 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

But nobody's talking about the Yankees and the Red Sox, realisticballer, and that's driving you people insane, isn't it?

 




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:09 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

this is awesome, career numbers could be in store for Cabby and Prince. First time Cabby has had any real protection in the lineup. love it!!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:06 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

What is funny about the fielder and pujols deals is everybody is saying oh look how the angels and tigers have improved their team.  If this was the yankees or red sox everyone would be screaming that they were trying to buy the world series.  Hypocrites lol.   



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:25 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

Wellcome Prince Fielder to the Detroit Tigers.  I hope your move to the Tigers is positive for you and the organization. All this crap talk on you is just that: "CRAP TALK". The move by Ilitch is an historic one to move the Tigers up another notch into competitive championship nature with the best in baseball. I have been a Tigers fan since the late 50's. Since the time when I understood what baseball is all about ( 6-9 years old) I have had the experience of witnessing baseball in Detroit...at Tiger Stadium. I have witnessed the 1968 Tigers (remember...Mickey Lolich, Denny Mclain, Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Bill Freehan) and the the 1984 Tigers (remember...Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Lou Whitiker, Kirk Gibson) and this team has just moved into the position of dominance to be the leader of MLB. Congrats to Mike Ilitch, the Tigers and the organization for making the moves necessary to get to the top level.   




Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:45 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

While I make no claims to know the Tigers plans, this COULD turn out to be a very expensive DH. Why the Yankees didnt want him. Too much. Somebody got desperate, tho kudos to him for the desire to both win and please the fans. It prob will hurt your future signings,



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:38 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

A lot of you Detroit fans sound just like us Yankee fans when we tra
ded for the 2 pitchers, which we needed and why yall beat us in the playoffs. I aint worried about fielder. But we shall see during the season. All this is is just talk.Crow now like we did, we shall see who's crowin in Oct.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:07 am
 

Prince Fielder signs with the Tigers

I dont give a damn if your in albuquerque, i would take that deal too.

In fact, i would like it to rain on me when i sign and a baseline beat to play in the background while i dance.


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