Prince Lands A King’s Ransom
Prince Lands A King's Ransom
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You knew that eventually Prince Fielder
, the home run hitting free agent 1st baseman, had to land somewhere for the coming season. But as the calender turned to 2012, you began to wonder when exactly that was going to happen. Mark down January 24 as the day Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a nine year, $214MM contract.
Detroit needed to add a bat after it was learned last week that designated hitter Victor Martinez had torn his ACL and was likely to miss the entire 2012 season. And what a replacement bat the Tigers came up with. The 27-yr old belted 230 home runs in 998 games as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers (2005-2011). The three time All-Star has a .920 career OPS (twice topping 1.000 in a season), two Silver Slugger Awards and has finished in the top five in NL MVP voting five times. He also joined his father, Cecil Fielder, in the 50 home run club when he smacked that exact amount in 2007. “Big Daddy” Fielder played for the Tigers from 1990 – 1996.
During the free agent process, word was that Fielder might sign a one or three year deal for a large sum, but agent Scott Boras quickly shot down those rumors. For months, it was also thought the Washington Nationals were favored to sign Fielder, but the Nats were (apparently) unwilling to give Fielder the years and/or amount of money the Tigers came up with.
According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Fielder was also told he would be the 1st baseman, and Miguel Cabrera (signed through 2015) will move back to his old position at third baes. How well that plays out with Cabrera, who struggled at the hot corner when he first signed with Detroit, remains to be seen. For now though, the Tigers have one of the most dangerous hitting combos in all of baseball.
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