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Prince Fielder signs a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers

Jan 24, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix Reuters

It’s being reported by multiple sources that Prince Fielder is “very close” to a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Tim Brown of Yahoo! had it first. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that it’s a done deal.

This is really off-the-wall.  Partially because (a) the Tigers just last week said they weren’t going to go down that road; (b) the Tigers already have an all-world first baseman in Miguel Cabrera and, after this year anyway, a really good DH in Victor Martinez to whom they owe a lot of money through 2014; (c) Prince Fielder doesn’t get along with his dad, and if he goes to Detroit he’s going to get Cecil Fielder questions all the time.

Miguel Cabrera isn’t going to DH. Prince Fielder said he doesn’t want to. I also assume that we are well past the days when Cabrera can play third base. How does this work?

UPDATE: Jon Heyman is reporting that Fielder would be the starting first baseman. That means Cabrera is likely the DH.  No clue what happens when V-Mart is back in 2013.

I suppose that’s Jim Leyland’s problem.  And, at least offensively speaking, it’s not a bad problem to have.  Pairing Fielder up with Cabrera in the middle of that lineup is a huge improvement to what Detroit had going in the wake of Victor Martinez’s ACL injury. And  adding one of the best hitters in baseball to a team that won its division by 15 games last season almost assures them of doing do again.

Doesn’t it?

  1. Amadeus - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Fielder makes Mo Vaughn look anorexic

  2. thefalcon123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    If this happens, the Tigers will have 3 players earning $20 or more next year, joining the Phillies and the Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I Would be shocked if any of the big spenders actually played in the World Series this season.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        Why? Granted the season hasn’t started but the Yanks have clearly improved upon a team that was #1 in the AL last year, and while Philly has gotten slightly worse they were still heads above everyone else last year as well.

        Unless you just take the field normally…

      • thefalcon123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Those three teams went a combined won the 1st, 2nd and 5th most games in baseball last year and I don’t think any of them have gotten worse this year…

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        The Yankees rotation is terrifying. They’re in for sure.

        Tigers-Yankees ALCS is very likely.

  3. hockinj25 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I usually hate teams that buy championship (aka yankees and phillies) but now that its happening to my team, i love it

  4. jason1214 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Ok, I’ll eat my words. Boras always finds a sucker….

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    This contract is fucking comical.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      They won’t have to worry about what to do with Martinez next season because by that time Fielder will probably need a Segway to even get onto a baseball diamond.

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Only two other players have gotten larger contracts in Baseball history.

      Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.

      Fielder’s career high in WAR in 6.1 Pujols and Rodriguez have each topped that 9 times. Oh, and pretty much everyone agrees that the Pujols deal and the 2nd A-Rod are probably poor deals in the long term. Just don’t tell the Tigers that.

      • paperlions - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        Giving elite money to non-elite players is just silly….and Fielder, while a sometimes elite hitter (2007, 2009, 2011), is generally not an elite (though very good) player because of his defense, baserunning, and inconsistency.

        He’s never been a serious MVP candidate in a single season of his career. Never. And some idiot doles out this contract. Crazy. Good for Fielder.

        He and Holliday are essentially the same offensive player (same OBP, same slugging, same wOBA, same wRC+), but Holliday can play defense and run….and people ripped the Holliday deal at $16.3M/year for 7 years…..a deal that continues to be a steal.

      • hockinj25 - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        tell them how their rings taste in awhile

  6. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    The only option, really, is to trade Martinez when he’s healthy. He’s the fourth wheel on the 1st base/catcher/DH triple date.

    Clearly, the Tigers are the best in the AL Central. Sorry, Royals. I guess you’re never going to get your chance. The real question is, how do they stack up to the rest of the AL’s elite now?

  7. sosascork - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    So $214M over 1458 Games is
    $146,776 per game,
    $ 16,308 per inning,
    $ 29,355 per at bat (assuming 5 AB per game)

    Wow.

  8. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    He’s out of the NL can’t complain about that. That is until the Lastros move to the AL and we have interleague all season long.

  9. silverdeer - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I like the deal for his bat. However, I am not sure what they are going to do when VMart comes back. At first I thought about Cabrera at 3rd. However, that would only work for this year as Castellanos is going to own 3rd come 2013. Something tells me that there is going to be a monster trade come either the deadline this year or in the off-season next year. The trade is going to be Cabrera or Martinez for a starting LH P to fit into the lineup and I have to think it is going to be Cabby.

  10. Amadeus - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Greed is good.

  11. aceshigh11 - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Jeezus, it’s amazing how many premiere hitters were pulled from the NL to the AL over the last two years (Pujols, Fielder, A. Gonzalez).

    Is there a risk of a serious structural imbalance occurring between the leagues in the upcoming years?

    It used to be that only the Yankees distorted the market with their spending…then the Red Sox joined in…now all three divisions in the AL have sucked a premiere first baseman over to their side from the NL.

    Things to ponder…

  12. denny65 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Whew! The Mariners dodge a bullet. The Tigers will rue this day.

  13. hockinj25 - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings… Oh my!

  14. weaselpuppy - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    friggin Stones better get some talent now…..

  15. godfatherd - Jan 25, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    If they win a world series (or 2) this deal ends up being worth it. If they don’t, this immediately replaces Bobby Higginsons deal as worst in franchise history.

  16. tominma - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I think the day will come when the Tigers will rue the day when the agreed to this deal. Will Fielder be a $20M player at age 34,35 etc?? I think not.

  17. klownboy - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    The thing is this: the Tigers had to bring in a superstar slugger. Sometimes you have to overpay for a star in sports. It’s just the way it is…

  18. michflaguy - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Sweeeeeet!

    No stopping the Tigers now. With Verlander and company on the mound and Cabrera and Prince at the plate, we *definitely* look like the team to beat in the AL.

    Awesome!

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