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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. primetime0552 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    As a Tiger fan I hope this is true. Talk about protection for Cabrera!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      No kidding. And talk about production replacement from V-Mart!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        What the hell are they going to do next year, but VMart back at C?

      • Kevin S. - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Avila is probably better than V-Mart, even before the repaired wheel.

    • kopy - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      No kidding. Sad day for Twins fans. I guess we won’t be celebrating a World Series victory in 2012 after all.

  2. El Bravo - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM


    • toomuchwitchhunting - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Maybe with that 214 million Fielder can go buy some class classes. He is and always be a man child. It is no wonder his dad Cecile and him dont get along. I hope he does a Mo Vaughn on Detroit like Mo did to the Angels.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Heyman is tight with Fielder’s agent

    Gee you don’t say. I’ll take gross understatement of the year for $500 Alex.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Every time that nasally voiced buffoon is on MLBN, I always wonder if he, literally, has a Boras earpiece, and a chip in his neck that forces him to repeat everything Boras wants.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        It pleases me to think he’s got most of Scott Boras’s arm up his rear end so his hand can control his mouth, like a sock puppet.

    • dnc6 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Heyman tells you where you and Craig can shove your innuendo

      “At this point, the only mystery is that even now no one believes the call of the mystery team.”

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    What the hell? That is way more money than we expected, going to a team no one expected. Talk aboutt he Cliff Lee-type move of the 2011-2012 offseason.

    Boras, you old hound, you did it again. Question is, did Detroit do something rare and bid against themselves?

  5. Ari Collins - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Boras once again shows that he is the best agent out there.

    Three DHs in 2013 for Detroit.

    Helps them in the short term, at least!

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Going to be a challenge managing those 3 DHs.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Seriously. The guy is a borderline circus act, but Id be lying through my teeth if I said I wouldn’t try to hire him.

  6. randygnyc - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM


  7. shaggylocks - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Looks like someone else is going to have to get moved. Do the Nationals have any players the Tigers would want?

  8. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I wonder how soon Detroit will have buyers remorse over this contract?

    • surefooted1 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Has any long tern contract (6+ years) turned out good towards the end?

      • paperlions - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Sure. Pujols fist long deal turned out great. Jeter’s was fine. ARods first deal was fine. Most long-term deals for young hitters have worked out good or better, for pitchers…not so much.

        ….but Fielder through age 36….I wouldn’t be optimistic on that one.

  9. trevorb06 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Would Miggy be open to moving back to 3b? I think the amount of defense being lost here is MORE than made up for with the addition of Fielder.

    As a Twins fan, this is disgusting. I’m looking forward to the battle for 4th place this season.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Those two guys at the corners would be UGLY, but you can’t argue with the production.

  10. phillyphever - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Move over Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder has now officially taken your seat as the worst contract for a 1B in MLB.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Umm while this might be true in 5+ years, Howard is still getting paid more even though he’s a worse hitter than Fielder.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        Awww COPO, C’mon man. Please use the term “He’s not as good of a hitter as Fielder is.” Saying he’s a worse hitter than Fielder implies they both suck. You do have a way with words during non-Yankee conversations don’t you?? 😉

      • paperlions - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Exactly. Fielder is 4 years younger than Howard, so they’ll both be the same age when their deals end, and Fielder is the far better hitter (he can even hit lefties)….and he’s in a league with a DH….and making a little less per year.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        Apologies J5. Now let us join together in hatred of the Pats in the upcoming SB.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Amen to that COPO. Down with the PATS!!! Basically since the Patriots won, I now must root for the Giants even though it pains me. One more reason for me to absolutely hate my 2011-12 Eagles. Bastards. I like how Eli has turned out actually. I’ll root for Eli, that won’t hurt as much.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Now, Jonny, playing the “accidental Giants fan” does not besuit you. That’s my melieu.Is Eli the football equivalent of ARod?

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        No Len, don’t even try it. I am by no means a Giants fan “by accident” or even on purpose. Much like the Cowboys, any team playing the Patriots gets my support. I enjoy seeing them getting beat actually. As far as Eli being compared to A-Rod. Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t people generally like Eli? I don’t see the similarity at all. GO ELI!

    • kopy - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      The difference lies in your use of the term “1B” since Fielder will have the option to DH.

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Two things:
      1. This Fielder deal is kind of nuts

      2. This Fielder deal could be for 11 years, $300 million and it still wouldn’t be as nuts as Ryan Howard’s deal.

  11. steve7921 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Verlander just said that he is going to win 30 games this year!

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Don’t get too excited. I remember the 2008 “1000 Runs” predictions for the Tigers pretty clearly.

      They went 74-88.

  12. bigtrav425 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Memo to Dolans….please sell the team, die or whatever soon,we cannot take your cheapness anymore its gone overboard……love…All Cleveland Indians fans

    • rambodiaz - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Memo to Cleveland Indians fans…

      At least you’ve been competitive after Bush 41 left office.

      Pirates Fans

    • dnc6 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Memo to Cleveland fans: You are living in an increasingly poor, shrinking city. The population you have to work with is half that of Detroit’s and doesn’t make more money. Dolan isn’t cheap, he just has next to no revenue to work with.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Enough with this memo stuff, it’s making me think about getting back to work.

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

      Who wants Fielder when you can could sign Casey Kotchman for 90 years at 214 million dollars???? That has to be the Indians secret plan! Way to go Chris Antonetti ! Or maybe they will sign 214 minor league left handed hitting first baseman to minor league contracts!

      • contraryguy - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        Or, why sign Fielder when you have Nick Johnson playing in Columbus… never mind that he hit just above .200 last year and moves slower than either Miggy or Prince.

  13. 5thbase - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I don’t ever remember seeing so many really large signings for players in positions at which the signing club already has a capable player in that position.

    If this is true I think it is a terrible decision by Detroit. Trying to juggle 3 DH’s they’re going to lose the 4 games of a 7 game series (the ones Verlander doesn’t pitch) about 10-8.

    • cmutimmah - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      That’s not a problem til next year. I bet you see Miggy at 3B to start the season until he makes errors and gets the move to DH/1B.

      I think they move a bat next year… or think about this, by the time the trade deadline is here, VMart should be just about getting back to baseball activities… deadline deal coming?

      Look this doesn’t make sense until you realize that the Tigers lineup will be ridiculous AND overall young.

  14. scoregasmic - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Whatawhatawhat!?!?!? So confused but I’m the greatest way possible! Gooooooo Tigerssssssss!

  15. cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Somewhere, a cigarette is being smoked to the filter while a man in his underpants walks round an infield in a happy daze at the thought of figuring out who’s playing 1st, DHing and what to do with VMart in August.

    All I have to say is; “Put your damn pants on before going outside, Jim. No one wants to see your scrawny shanks”.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      I needed that laugh. Thank you :)

  16. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Put Cabrera back at 3B. That would be fun.

    Talk about butchers on the corners (defensively, that is)…

  17. risk529 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Does this mean no Yoenis Cespedes?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      If it doesn’t, Dombrowski’s lost his mind.

      • risk529 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        I do think it no coincidence that on the day the Marilins “officially unofficially” let it leak that they are willing to outbid anybody for him, the tigers go to Prince

      • risk529 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Also just one man’s opinion but…

  18. okwhitefalcon - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Holy hell, a spot on jab at the Cardinals FO as Prince’s deal reflects on their “efforts” to resign Albert Pujols:

    From Joe Strauss’ twitter:

    “How bad would a 10-year, $210M deal w/$30M deferred w/o interest look to Pujols now?”


    Good luck to Prince, looks like Boras slow played him out of about 40 million bones.

    • fearlessleader - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Of course, Joe conveniently leaves out the fact that Prince wouldn’t have been able to command these numbers if not for the crazy contract the Angels threw at Pujols setting the precedent.

    • Ari Collins - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Wow, you really think Boras should have gotten MORE for Fielder?

      • okwhitefalcon - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        Possibly – Set the market and not wait for the market.

        Who knows really, I just find it interesting Lozano got $40 million more for a player that’s 5 years older.

  19. philliesblow - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    If true, maybe the first in a chain of events like trading Cabrera back to the Marlins for a package including Hanley Ramirez and moving Peralta to 3B?

  20. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Interesting how he and his dad will both end up prominent Tigers, though.

  21. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Amazing, making the All Star game as a 1B in the AL is now damn near impossible. Within two off-seasons, the three best NL 1B joined the “junior circuit”: Pujols, Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez.

    Crazy stuff, I tell ya.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Votto was and is the best first baseman in the NL.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        And Votto is his own island now.

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        Defensively. But not ahead of Pujols, AGonz or Fielder. At least on par with, not ahead of, the second two.

      • paperlions - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        Votto has been the BEST offensive 1B in the NL the last 2 years, it isn’t really close. Most consistent. Best. Period.

  22. paperlions - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Fielder is going to play the field? Over the last 3 years, only 5 regular first basemen were rated worse in the field than Cabrera, yep Fielder is one of the (next to worst in the majors).

  23. dcfan4life - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    This means he is not coming to Washington. Oh happy day!!!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Yeah, but Laroche isn’t a nice reality. I’d love to see them get Upton and move Morse to 1B.

  24. Amadeus - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Word is Prince has a side job subbing for the Goodyear blimp.

  25. yankeesgameday - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:58 PM


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