Found January 24, 2012 on
Before I say anything, just let this sink in for a minute.
That lineup is D-I-double-R durrrrrrty. With the addition of the non-inept version of Ryan Raburn and possibly even Victor Martinez come August (though I'm doubtful about the latter), there isn't a pitcher in baseball that would have a good night's sleep before facing this team. Of course, with any deal there are questions to be answered. Hit the jump to see our answers to what you're probably asking right now.
Is the price tag hefty? 9 years is a looooong contract to hand out.
No doubt, but a championship or two will put even the harshest doubter's mind at ease. Fielder is arguably the best left-handed hitter in the game and has been durable enough throughout his career thus far to give fans pause about questioning the later years of his contract. While he's a big dude, his game is well-rounded enough (pun intended) to age fairly well, even if his "stupid strong" power drops off some...
BEST OF MAXIM
Since the beginning of time, or so it seems, the American League has clearly favored power hitters, while the pitching has been better in the National League.
The designated hitter enables aging power hitters the chance to prolong their career. Baseball purists like myself find it frustrating that out of shape hacks have the ability to make millions a year just taking...
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
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)
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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."...
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...