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  1. I think Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are going to kiss

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Love at first sight, courtesy of Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press: Maybe it was the way Prince Fielder showed up four days early for spring training. Or maybe it was the massive home run he hit during batting practice … Or maybe it was the way Fielder hung out in the clubhouse Monday morning and…

  2. Running down the rosters: Cleveland Indians

    Feb 18, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana, Chris Perez

    Even after giving up their top two pitching prospects for Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians couldn’t maintain their hot start last year and lost their last four games to finish under .500 at 80-82. The offseason saw them shopping from the scrap heap, which isn’t unusual, but even as they were forced to pick from largely…

  3. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  4. Running down the rosters: Milwaukee Brewers

    Feb 12, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    With Prince Fielder‘s departure assured, the last thing the 2011 NL Central champion Brewers needed was to lose Ryan Braun for a third of the season. It’s likely to happen, though, even if his appeal is still pending. The rotation should be strong enough to keep the Brewers in the race while Braun is out,…

  5. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  6. 2012 projections: top 10 first basemen

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Last night’s go at the catchers led to some hard feelings apparently, so let me make it clear, these are just OPS projections for 2012, they’re not meant for a hard statement on the game’s best at a position. Anyway, here are the top 10 at first base: 1.017 – Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – 589…

  7. Cecil Fielder on his son Prince: “I think we’re all a little disappointed”

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder Cecil Fielder

    After Prince Fielder shocked the baseball world by signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers late last month, Cecil Fielder was quoted as saying that the relationship with his son was “doing a lot better.” Obviously something has changed over the past few days, because Cecil had some harsh words for Prince before…

  8. Rangers put Josh Hamilton contract talks on hold after relapse

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The Rangers and Josh Hamilton were expected to do their best to get an extension done this spring, but those plans have changed now following Hamilton’s night out at a Dallas-area bar earlier this week. GM Jon Daniels and Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, confirmed the decision to put talks on hold to ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon…

  9. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  10. Insurance to cover “about half” of Victor Martinez’s salary

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Victor Martinez underwent microfracture knee surgery yesterday and is slated to undergo another surgery to repair his torn ACL in 6-8 weeks, leaving no doubt that he’ll miss the entire season. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the Tigers’ insurance policy on Martinez’s four-year, $50 million contract is “expected to cover about half of the…

  11. Ruben Amaro continues to overvalue Ryan Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Over the weekend Ruben Amaro was quoted as saying that he’d rather have Ryan Howard on his current deal than either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols on theirs. Like I said at the time, I’ll give him some latitude there because Howard is his guy and it’s not like he’s going to say bad stuff…

  12. Is the Prince Fielder signing evidence of a “financial disconnect?”

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Introduce Prince Fielder.

    Over at ESPN, columnist LZ Granderson — a Tigers fan — wonders what Prince Fielder signing for $214 million means for a cash-strapped burg like Detroit: There is absolutely nothing wrong with Fielder’s contract. And again I am excited he is on the team and feel fortunate we have an owner who doesn’t just say…

  13. The Rotoworld Draft Guide is now available

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Buy Now

    Little known fact: like “Maude,” “Trapper John M.D.” and “Laverne and Shirley,” HardballTalk is a spinoff. Well, sorta.  Our roots are certainly elsewhere, as every writer up in this thing either wrote or currently writes for Rotoworld.  Well, not me. I’m lazy. But all the other guys do. And the coolest thing Rotoworld does apart…

  14. Victor Martinez had microfracture surgery

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury was quickly overshadowed by the Prince Fielder signing, but in case you forgot: dude really bollocksed up his knee.  On Friday he had the first off multiple surgeries: microfracture surgery, which always sounds all kinds of scary.  He’ll have the reconstruction of his ACL done in approximately 6-8 weeks. I’m…

  15. No, the Brewers are not gonna be a small-ball team now that Prince Fielder is gone

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:52 AM 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

    Nyjer Morgan was asked how the Brewers are gonna do without Prince Fielder. This stuck out: “It’s probably going to be a little more speedy this year,’’ Morgan said. “You can see that we’re going to have to rely on trying to steal bags and stuff like that, and not worrying about trying to hit…

  16. Denny McLain thinks Brandon Inge should shut up

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Denny McLain

    Former MVP, Cy Young Award recipient and 31-game winner Denny McLain is a convicted felon and an all-around scumbag.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a funny guy. McLain was invited to speak at Madonna University in suburban Detroit over the weekend and the subject of the Prince Fielder signing came up. McLain took…

  17. Ruben Amaro is just fine with Ryan Howard’s contract

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard dark skies

    Fun Fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Albert Pujols this year. And next year. And the year after that. And the year after that.  The year after that one — 2016 — they’ll make the same. Secondary fun fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Prince Fielder every single year until 2017, at which…

  18. The Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday. There’s no offer on the table, but there is a meeting. This, combined with the multiple denials from the Cardinals that they were, as previously reported, close to a deal with Oswalt, could suggest that…

  19. Jon Daniels didn’t view Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton as an either-or situation

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Now that Prince Fielder is officially a member of the Detroit Tigers, many have assumed that the Rangers will step up their efforts to sign Josh Hamilton to a contract extension. While contract talks are expected to continue leading into spring training, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance yesterday on ESPN 103.3…

  20. Say what you want, but Miguel Cabrera has the right attitude about playing third base

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    We’ve pretty much beat the whole Prince Fielder-to-Detroit, Miguel Cabrera-to-third base stuff into the ground, but I think there’s room for one more little nugget. From Michael Rosenberg’s story about it all in the Detroit Free Press: Cabrera wants to play the field; when I asked him last week what he wanted to improve most…

  21. Brandon Inge isn’t so happy about the Prince Fielder signing

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    Just about everyone in Detroit seems thrilled about the Prince Fielder signing despite plenty of room for concerns about his massive $214 million contract and how his arrival impacts the Tigers’ defense. One person who definitely isn’t happy? Brandon Inge, who was slated to start at third base until Fielder’s presence pushed Miguel Cabrera across…

  22. Victor Martinez expected to undergo ACL surgery on Friday

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    v-mart ap

    Detroit announced last week that Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL during offseason conditioning. He’s probably going to have it repaired on Friday. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, Martinez was in Vail, Colorado on Thursday for a second opinion on the potentially season-ending knee injury. If the original diagnosis is confirmed — and there’s about a…

  23. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    I share Aaron’s dubiousness about Miguel Cabrera playing third base for the Tigers.  And I laughed during the Prince Fielder press conference when Fielder said this: “I’m confident in Miguel doing a good job. That’s where he started out, at third base.” Which is why Chipper Jones will be playing shortstop for the Braves, Jim…

  24. Miguel Cabrera is definitely the Tigers’ starting third baseman

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera said as much as soon as the Prince Fielder signing happened, but manager Jim Leyland made things official during Fielder’s introductory press conference today: Cabrera will be the Tigers’ starting third baseman. And not only that, Leyland added that he doesn’t even plan to remove Cabrera for defensive purposes late in games. Cabrera,…

  25. Introducing Prince Fielder: Detroit Tiger

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Prince1

    Prince Fielder was just introduced as the newest Detroit Tiger. The press conference is still going on. Can’t see it here, but he’s rocking cornrows, which are pretty fantastic.  His wife and kids were with him. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch presented Fielder’s wife with flowers. Fielder said that he messed up Scott Boras’ hair before…

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