Found January 24, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
After an afternoon of tweets from fake accounts and wrong teams, free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has finally signed, with the Detroit Tigers. Tim Brown of Yahoo initially reported the signing, and CBS's Jon Heyman confirmed the deal. The terms are nine years, and a whopping $214 million, or an average of $23.7 million a year.
The Tigers needed a DH in the wake of Victor Martinez's torn ACL that will keep him out for the season, so what's wrong with the best bat on the market? Fielder and first baseman Miguel Cabrera back to back in the lineup is an absolutely horrifying thought. The team now has the added luxury of being able to swap either player in either role if one or the other has a mild injury, allowing both bats to stay in the lineup at all times.
We'll have much more on this signing as the day goes on, like what it means for the Tigers, the Brewers, and the rest of the AL Central.
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Whoa, boy. Detroit signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. That’s two years and $54 million than WaPo’s Adam Kilgore speculated he’s worth. So, good.
All the best to Prince in Detroit, where his pop used to play, which is weird.
Previously: Our Prince Fielder Roundtable
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A person familiar with the negotiations says Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers are nearing agreement on a nine-year contract worth about $200 million. CBS first reported the terms of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because talks are ongoing. The person says "there are still some things that need to be worked out."...
Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract that fills the AL Central champions' need for a power hitter, a person familiar with the deal said. (Jan. 24)
Saying "dreams come true," Prince Fielder was introduced Thursday by the Detroit Tigers.
The Eagle has landed. The last of the “big” Mohicans, Prince Fielder, has finally agreed to a mega-deal and now has a new home in Motor City… Rah, rah, or better yet, vroom, vroom…
So now that the dust has settled, here is an interesting question first posed by Mets historian and ESPN New York statistician Mark Simon who asked via Twitter:
Lets look at all three deals up...