Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Prince Fielder is close to a nine-year deal with the Tigers.
A shocking, under-the-radar play by Detroit. At last check, the Nationals were the only team still involved in the Fielder sweepstakes and weren't willing to go beyond seven years. But you can never count out super agent Scott Boras and his ability to lure in "mystery" teams. More information should pour in throughout the afternoon and evening. Fielder will presumably DH for the Tigers, filling the immediate vacancy left by Victor Martinez's ACL injury.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have reached a nine-year deal with Prince Fielder.
Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports first mentioned the possibility less than 10 minutes ago, and now it has become official: Fielder is going to the Tigers, the same place his father Cecil spent seven years of his career. The 27-year-old slugger should shine in Detroit, more than making up for the production lost by Victor Martinez's knee injury. Fielder owns a .929 career OPS and batted .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games last season for the Brewers.
Prince Fielder, who hit baseballs out of Tiger Stadium as a 12-year-old, is on his way back to Detroit, where his father, Cecil Fielder, starred for seven years. The Tigers have agreed to sign the free agent first baseman to a nine-year, $214MM contract, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Fielder will play first base and Miguel Cabrera will change roles, Heyman adds.
The agreement will keep Fielder in the Motor City through his age 36 season for an average annual value of $23.78MM. The 27-year-old first baseman will join Cabrera in the middle of the Tigers' order and create more than enough offense to make up for the loss of Victor Martinez.
Though the market for Fielder seemed far from robust at times this offseason agent Scott Boras has found an unexpected suitor once again. Yahoo's Tim Brown first reported that the sides were close to a deal.
so much for the loss of Martinez.
this makes Cabrera better having Fielder behind him.
at least for 2012 Fielder can DH, but not after 2012. Victor is signed through 2015 and Cabrera is signed through 2016.
what happens? Cabrera to 3B?