Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 1/24/12
On the long list of Scott Boras shockers, this one ranks near the top. Boras top free-agent client, first baseman Prince Fielder, has agreed to a nine-year, 214 million contract with the Tigers, according to major-league sources. Tigers general manager David Dombrowski recently told ESPN.com that Fielder, doesnt fit for us. Hes looking for a long-term deal and that just doesnt fit. Either Dombrowski was shading the truth, or Tigers owner Mike Ilitch who has worked well with Boras in the past made a last-minute call to sign Fielder. The Tigers slugging first baseman, Miguel Cabrera, is guaranteed 86 million over the next four seasons. But the team recently lost its principal DH, Victor Martinez, to a knee injury that is likely to sideline him for all of 12. Fielder and Cabrera figure to share time at first base and DH, forming one of the games most potent middle-of-the-lineup combinations. Fielder hits from the left side, Cabrera from the right. The Nationals had been a leading contender for Fielder, but their ownership was divided on whether to give him the type of long-term deal he was seeking. The Orioles, Rangers and Mariners also showed varying interest in Fielder. Many in the game doubted that Boras would land a monster deal for Fielder at this late stage of the offseason. But Fielders contract will rank as the fourth largest in the games history, behind Alex Rodriguezs two free-agent deals and Albert Pujols recent 10-year, 240 million agreement with the Angels. Fielders average salary of 23.8 million will be second only to Pujols among first basemen. The Yankees Mark Teixeira averages 22.5 million per season, the Red Soxs Adrian Gonzalez 22 million. The loss of Fielder, meanwhile, will leave a gaping hole in the Brewers lineup, particularly with the team also facing the possible suspension of left fielder Ryan Braun for 50 games due to a violation of baseballs drug policy. News of Fielder's signing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com.
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