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Tigers general manager four days ago: Prince Fielder “is probably not a good fit”

Jan 24, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

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Obviously a general manager saying misleading things about a big-name free agent shouldn’t be shocking at this point, but with Prince Fielder signing a massive nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers today Dave Dombrowski’s comments from just four days ago are pretty interesting.

Dombrowski was asked Friday about the Tigers’ chances of signing Fielder and replied:

Of course we’d consider Prince Fielder, but realistically it’s probably not a good fit. We anticipate Victor Martinez coming back in 2013 and playing at the level he was at last season. I would just say the fit is really not there at this point.

And that seemed to make sense, because the Tigers have Miguel Cabrera at first base and owe Victor Martinez $13 million in 2013 and $12 million in 2014. Yet in less than a week Dombrowski went from saying “realistically it’s probably not a good fit” to giving him $214 million to play for the Tigers through 2020.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I guess he played us all for fools, eh?

  2. sleepyirv - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Are you suggesting we won’t get to see Prince shagging balls in CF?

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I prefer a GM who refuses to talk about possible trades and signings to a GM who is a liar.

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

      Eh, when you’re playing a game with Scott Boras, you sometimes do things you don’t like to. If my memory serves right, DD isn’t typically full of deceit.

      • spindervish - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        DDs are almost always full of deceit.

    • hgfrombc2 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Jesus, proudystupidcanadien (yeah, that’s how you spell canadien – eh!), what did Dombrowski lie about?

      • cmutimmah - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        He clearly said “WE WILL NOT SIGN HIM.” LOL

        He really isn’t a good fit beyond this season… LOL

      • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        Sweet Jesus Montero…Ok, 2 points of rebuttal to ‘hgf':

        1) PC spells it “Canadian”. That’s how it’s supposed to be spelled, you cretin.

        2) Dombrowski said: “I would just say the fit is really not there at this point” among much else to indicate a lack of intent to sign Fielder. That’s as close to lying as makes no difference.

        Willful misunderstanding is not a basis for a platform of argument.

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

      Boras called Fielder an athlete and said he has a square body type. So if both sides are lying, is it OK?

  4. vanmorrissey - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Are they going to jack the prices for Little Ceasar’s pizzas? Geez, at 5 bucks I think they’re overpriced, but heck, good for him and those Detroit fans, he’s going for it this year. Hope Tiger fans show up, should be a great year.

  5. thom4msu - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    As a huge Tiger fan, I believe DD spoke the truth 4 days ago. Mike Illich likely told him to pay Fielder.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      That’s what I was thinking.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      So he was Illich-vised? #terriblepun

  6. hammyofdoom - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I cant help but think that in 3 years the tigers will have the two best DH’s in all of baseball on their team. I just… of all teams, the tigers? Really?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      On the other hand, next season, they could have the three best DH’s in baseball.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        Too bad they can’t all DH at the same time.

  7. adderalljack - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    The PizzaMan isn’t getting any younger. Dude pretty much came out and said that early last season. Hells yeah he’s going for it!!…

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Cabrera at 3B, VMart at Catcher, Prince at 1B and maybe they can bring in Damon to play CF and let Austin Jackson DH. That group will be added to Peralta at SS, Raburn at 2B, Delmon Young in LF and Boesh in RF. Then they need to sign every strikeout pitcher in baseball, because ball hit against them into fair territory will fall for a hit.

  9. cleareye1 - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Glad to see this disaster in waiting will be collecting his checks somewhere other than LA.

  10. stinkythumbs - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Pretty sure DD was talking about Prince’s jersey…

  11. drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Ever heard of gamesmanship?

  12. creator69 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I was going to say This reeks of Iilitch. Dombrowski said what he felt to be true and Mr. I called Boras and said Don’t listen to DD I want Fielder, What do you want? Then he went to DD and said Pay the man. Iilitch has a history of signing Scott Boras Clients, for big money

  13. weaselpuppy - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    smoke

    screen

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