Tigers To Sign Prince Fielder

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 officially agreed to sign the free agent first baseman to a nine-year, $214MM contract.

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The agreement — the fourth largest in baseball history behind Alex Rodriguez's mega-contracts and Albert Pujols' recent deal with the Angels — will keep Fielder in the Motor City through his age 36 season for an average annual value of $23.78MM. It doesn't include any opt-outs, Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN.com tweets.

Though the market for Fielder seemed far from robust at times this offseason, agent Scott Boras has found an unexpected suitor once again. Over the years, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and GM Dave Dombrowski have dealt extensively with Boras regarding clients such as Kenny Rogers, Ivan Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez.

Fielder will play first base and Miguel Cabrera will change roles, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. Victor Martinez will miss most or all of the 2012 season with a torn ACL, so it's possible that Cabrera will DH this year. He has only played 14 games at third base since being traded to Detroit after the 2007 season, but a return to the hot corner seems to be a possibility for Cabrera. 

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com suggests a return to third base is likely for Cabrera and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hears that Cabrera was "really excited" about the Tigers' new addition (Twitter links).

Fielder's considered a below average defender at first base, but he's a force at the plate. He posted a .299/.415/.566 line with 38 home runs in 2011, finishing in the top five in MVP balloting for the third time in the past five seasons. He has a .282/.390/.540 line in seven seasons in Milwaukee, where he averaged 37 home runs per 162 games played. Concerns about Fielder's stocky physique do exist, but Boras defended his client's build at the December Winter Meetings.

“Everyone talks to me about Prince’s body, but when you have that 5’11” strike zone, that is a huge advantage and that’s why that on-base percentage is sitting there," he said. "Those pitchers have to put the ball into a smaller window and I believe that it’s more difficult to do.”

This June the Tigers will surrender their first round pick (27th overall) to the Brewers, who offered Fielder arbitration earlier in the offseason. Milwaukee will also obtain a second compensatory pick for losing Fielder, the seventh overall selection in the 2002 draft. Fielder is among the Brewers' all-time leaders in many offensive categories, including home runs (230), on-base percentage (.390), sluggling percentage (.540) and walks (566).

Cecil Fielder, whose off-and-on relationship with his son has been well-documented, hit 245 home runs in a Tigers uniform, good for fifth on the franchise's all-time list. The elder Fielder led the American League in home runs in 1990 with 51 and in 1991 with 44.

When MLBTR polled readers in mid-December, just 5.6% of 27,000 respondents expected Fielder to sign a nine or ten-year deal. He ranked second on MLBTR's list of top free agents this offseason, trailing only Pujols.

The deal figures to provide lots of leverage for Joey Votto, who will hit free agency after the 2013 season if the Reds don't extend him first. On the other hand, free agent designated hitters such as Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Raul Ibanez and Vladimir Guerrero lost a potential suitor this afternoon.

Heyman tweets that the Nationals and a third mystery team were in on Fielder until the end. Heyman first reported the agreement on Twitter and Yahoo's Tim Brown first reported that the sides were close to a deal. 

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  1. Tigers519 3 years ago

    I just can’t believe how stacked the AL is right now!!!

    • Kendall Adkins 3 years ago

      The NL has won the past 2 WS and All Star Games. I think it’s a little early to dethrown them just yet. 

      • Tigers519 3 years ago

        True anything can happen in a 7 game series but you can’t deny that the four best teams on paper right now are in the AL.

  2. Mike Illitch is in his 80’s and i’d imagine he wants to see the Tigers win a championship before he dies. Fielder is a name Detroiters know and should hit absolutely epically behind Cabrera. How many comparables were hitting behind someone like Cabrera? If Martinez leaves or becomes the next Carlos Guillen, then Cabby and Fielder are 1B/DH and its not the end of the defensive world. Maybe Reyes wanted nothing to do with living in Detroit, it isnt always so simple as the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s.

  3. PushDown 3 years ago

    That’s another of the Nationals’ targets that they failed to sign. I wonder if players want to stay away from D.C. so much that they actually have to be overpaid to even have a shot at landing them. That’s actually a pity considering the Nats have one of the brighter futures in the MLB. I’m not a Nats fan, but if I was a player, the Nats seem like a good team to play for. Harper, Strasburg, Desmond, Espniso, Zimmerman, Clippard, Storen, Morse, Zimmermann. That’s a really young, potentially dangerous team, and like I said I’m not a Nats fan so I don’t even know who else they might have in their farm system. I’m just really bewildered as to why players are shying away from the Nats.

    • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

      because they are nothing close to a guarentee. There are so many questions about that team that it’s not even funny.

      • PushDown 3 years ago

        Like what? I’m not denying what you say, I’m just curious. It seems like, at least to me, they have a strong, young lineup with Zimmerman, Morse, Espinosa. Their pitching looks strong, Strasburg and Gonazles are really, really good young pitchers. 

    • D.W. 7 months ago


  4. You want to talk about a mystery team? I never saw this one coming. However, his father did play there.

    That said, I love this signing…and even with the term, it does end when he is 36 and won’t become a drag. If he does well over the 9 years, he could get another 2-3 year contract…and Miguel Cabrera is only turning 29 next season. Protection for each other.

  5. Tony Matias 3 years ago

    This ALL just goes to show you how much Rosenthal or Heyman or any of the other people in the “know” ACTUALLY DO know!

    And they’re professionals getting paid six figures! WoW!

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      And yet, you wouldn’t have even known this happened if it wasn’t for them.

      • Tony Matias 3 years ago

        Shouldn’t your name be Jon or Ken instead of Jack?

  6. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Who saw this coming?

  7. Vote4DougWilson 3 years ago

    The more I think about this, the more I like it. Cabby at 3b is a spooky prospect, true. But the whole 3-dh thing is overblown. Victor will be 34 when he comes back, but Cabby/Prince only 28/29. When Victor’s contract is up, he’ll be 36 and set to walk and the 1b/dh duo will still only be 30/31 while Castellanos takes over 3b. Then Cabby hits FA at 34, but Prince will be locked down another few years at that point, so it won’t force Detroit’s hand at that time.

    Prince is a high-walk, moderate-K, high-average power-hitting lefty… basically the closest there is to Miggy/Pujols from that side. This is a worthwhile investment even at the back end, when Prince will only be 36 which isn’t too bad even post-steroids… we’re talking David Ortiz at the worst case.

  8. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    Is it possible that they could try to move VMart to 3b?

  9. GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

    The Tigers should try Cabrera at 3rd and if he can handle it they should try to make Castellanos a shortstop which is what he played in high school so when peralta leaves we have an immediate plan and just hope that he is the real deal. Overall this is a great sign and i cant wait to watch that deadly cabrera fielder combo. Should be a fun year. GO TIGERS!!!!!!!

    • Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

      If they are going to stick with Cabrera at 3b after 2012, they need to replace Peralta with one of the better defensive SS in the game with good range. With VMart, Boesch, Cabrera, Avila, and now Prince in 2013, they can sacrifice some offense after 2012

  10. Richard Allen 3 years ago

    So what does their lineup look like now? Probably M-Cab at cleanup, but where does Prince fit in before and after V-Mart gets off the DL?

    • I would not rule out Cabrera to third with Prince Fielder at cleanup, and V-Mart at 5th. (V-Mart should miss all of 2012.)

    • InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

      For this season, I bet we’re looking at Miggy 3rd and Fielder 4th, God forbid Leyland hits Delmon in the 3 hole this season again….

      Next season perhaps Vmart 3, Miggy 4, and Fielder 5. 

    • anthony88 3 years ago

      “Tigers outright Fielder to Triple-A” 

  11. As a Cardinal fan I absolutely love this and I would bet that every NL pitcher is throwing a party that not only Pujols but also Fielder is the AL’s problem now, whether either contract works out, I could care less not my team’s problem. I find it hilarious that alot of Tiger fans aren’t happy, I’m sure any team in the AL would have gladly welcomed him on their team though, some people are never happy.

    • Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

      I’m a Tigers fan and I’m very happy! Don’t stereotype us all!

  12. Mario Saavedra 3 years ago

    Massive overpay

  13. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    I’m guessing a 2012 lineup of….

    CF) AJax
    RF) Boesch
    DH) MCab
    1b) Fielder
    LF) Delmon Young
    C) Avila
    SS) Peralta
    3b) Inge/Kelly
    2b) Santiago/Raburn

    Ideally, I’d like to see more speed and a better leadoff hitter. I’d love to see them get a guy like Bonifacio from the Marlins and play him at 2b. If the Marlins do sign Cespedes to play CF, I hope Detroit calls them about Bonifacio. It’s rare to find 40+ stolen bases and a .360 OBP at 2b.

  14. kennybruce69 3 years ago

    enjoy the humor! didn’t tigers finish LAST last time they added big bopper predicted to win WS

    • Tigerfan93 3 years ago

      I think most Tigers fans would admit that that team was vastly overrated. 

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      Obvious troll is obvious.

  15. Bill Metek 3 years ago

    This signing doesnt help the tigers pitching or fielding much. not to mention that prince needs to adjust to al pitching. idk how anyone gives them the best shot at a world series when their offense will be among the leaders but pitching and defense stay middle of the pack or get worse with fat boys at the corners…

  16. UnbaisedSoxFan 3 years ago

    This makes the Tigers heavy favorites in the AL Central in my opinion (as if they weren’t already). With Miggy and Fielder in the line up, its going to be hard to decide which one to throw to. Personally, I would put Prince hitting 3rd and Miggy hitting 4th and then slide Victor in the 5 spot when he comes back either next year or at the end of this year. That’s a lot of pop in the middle of that lineup to go along with a nice rotation.

  17. lefty58 3 years ago


  18. oicu4202 3 years ago

    Has anybody noticed that the “five dollar Lil’ Ceasars pizzas” are only that price for a limited time only now? Every poor person in America is going to pay for this new contract

    • verlander 3 years ago

      This makes no sense whatsoever.

    • verlander 3 years ago

      This makes no sense whatsoever.

      • oicu4202 3 years ago

        look at the commercial-it says “for a limited time only” that means the price will go up soon, hence more money for the Tigers (Ilitch owns Lil Ceasers) It didn’t say that until recently

    • Evan 3 years ago

      i just ate one…..and it was only 5 bucks

  19. slider32 3 years ago

    I never thought Boras could make this kind of deal for Fielder, as much as he is hated he is the top agent. This move was out of nowhere.

  20. YODA777 3 years ago

    The only thing holding back the Tigers now is its Manager.  If Leyland can summon the energy to pay attention during the whole game and stop making his weird baseball decisions, this roster may just be Leyland proof.

  21. Anyone else see the press conference? Fielder looks like he hasn’t worked out a DAY this offseason and gained 20 MORE lbs. $214 million dollars down the drain when they have to roll him onto the field. What a disgrace to baseball.

  22. baybombers 3 years ago


  23. m4r1n3r 3 years ago

    No kidding. Facing those two in the same lineup is a pitchers worst nightmare. Wow Tigers. Not sure he’s worth that much though.

  24. LongGone6 3 years ago

    nothing to write home about?? you mean with the MVP/Cy Young JV, and absolute studs behind him in Fister and Scherzer, and a competent 4th Porcello, nothing to write home about? idk what you write home about, but most teams in baseball would kill for that.

  25. diehardmets 3 years ago

    Verlander-Fister is a great 1-2 punch, Scherzer and Porcello are both solid starters with more potential, and the last spot should be filled by Turner soon, who seems to be a surefire ace.

  26. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    It isn’t spectacular, but it certainly isn’t a liability.

  27. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    right. although i see now it’s been noted that fielder is playing 1st. cabrera to “change roles”? that should be fun. highlight reel bat, blooper reel glove

  28. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Unless they do the unthinkable…Vmart DH, Prince 1st, and Miggy 3rd…god that is legendarily bad. 

  29. I don’t see the Tigers trading V-Mart, they’d be selling so low on him since he is currently injured.

  30. I was being sarcastic.  I agree with everything you said.

  31. raffish 3 years ago

    You have to love this!  Unless you’re a White Sox fan, or hell, maybe even a Tigers fan.  

    I think the bidding went pretty high and that people are fooling themselves stating the Nats and Rangers offered 6/140 and the Tigers came out of nowhere with silly figures.

  32. Guest 3 years ago

    Yay our werth contract isn’t AS completely awful! haha

  33. Illitch knew Prince when he was a kid.  It’s a sentimental signing, partly.  That and Prince is an absolute monster as a hitter.

  34. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Probably switching off with Cabrera. 

  35. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    heyman was also positive he was gonna go to the Nationals

  36. baseball52 3 years ago

    They’ll acquire Soriano to play left and Dunn to play right.

  37. Kind of like the Yankees of yesteryear.  Whohoo!!!!!!  Go Tigers!

  38. jwsox 3 years ago

    The gonzo deal never looked bad

  39. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    looks better everyday is an understatement.. Its a down right steal.

    and theres very few players you can pay 20 million a year too and call it a steal

  40. baseball52 3 years ago

    Mo Vaughn, Ryan Howard, Cecil Fielder… Prince Fiedler?

  41. vonhayesdays 3 years ago

    yes in that situation it was 

  42. chris_synan1 3 years ago

    he was a 3rd baseman you know

  43. baybombers 3 years ago

    ahh i see, gotcha

  44. Plus, expect for Fister to come back down to earth quite a bit next year.

  45. Red_Line_9 3 years ago

    The fact that they are in the AL Central makes them legit World Series contenders.  They might sow the division up right after Labor Day.

  46. A_Shoe 3 years ago

    Who’s gonna trade for V-Mart?

  47. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    juan pierre for center

  48. MLB All-Defense?

  49. Vernon Wells is avialable at CF… just sayin

  50. If V-Mart is catching, Avila goes to 3B.

    People forget that Alex Avila was a third baseman all throughout college.

  51. I guess all those ‘death of Scott Boras’ comments were premature, huh?

  52. westcoastwhitesox 3 years ago

    I’m a sox fan and I like it.  The tigers already had a good hitting team, now they still have one and a lot less payroll flexibility for the next 9yrs.

  53. neiko I like Prince But I think in shortly He will throu He will through off the chemistry of the team ! nine years at about 25 million per year!

  54. Civilization 3 years ago

    His FIP last year was just over 3. I doubt (or at least hope) he doesn’t slip past a 3.5 ERA which should be a pretty attainable goal.

  55. Karkat 3 years ago

    Are they really going to toy with putting their all-star first baseman back at third? Oh boy. He and Hanley can compare notes.

  56. GriffeyandSizemore 3 years ago

    Batting practice with his dad.

  57. $17049574 3 years ago

    He parked one over the fence when he was 12. It grew into a myth that he hit it flat out of the stadium.

  58. weaselpuppy 3 years ago

    oh yeah…Dad would bring him to BP and Prince pounded balls into the overhang upperdeck at 12…:)

  59. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    I could see the rays as an option, they probably still won’t have a good catcher by the time he’s healthy

    however, it’ll probably cost way too much for them

  60. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    there was a reason he moved to first…

  61. Civilization 3 years ago

    Huh? How is this mortgaging the future? It’s nothing in terms of prospects under contract and Illich has been willing to open his pocket books before. (Remember that disaster of a 2008 season?) 

    Defense be damned indeed but it hasn’t been a Tiger concern for some time now.

  62. chico65 3 years ago

    The man just pulled the easter bunny out of his as*.

    I’m sure Cabrera loves being shoved aside at 1B.

  63. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    In an OF corner, but not CF. 

  64. Not in CF anymore. He’s probably a decent LFer though.

  65. George Yang 3 years ago

    werth was still such a bad signing.  It’s not only how much money was thrown at him, he didn’t even keep his stats up.  It was an overpay for his Phillies numbers, and a complete overpay with what he did in a nats uniform.

  66. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    i also meant in prospects, since friedman isn’t a fan of trading them away

    therefore, they should go after suzuki! less money and maybe less prospects

  67. nm344 3 years ago


  68. Wrek305 3 years ago

    Fister isn’t a #2 pitcher he was lucky he won’t be as good as he was with the Tigers this year.

  69. rockfordone 3 years ago

    I would hate to go onto the playoffs with that rotation.

  70. TO647 3 years ago

    Key word is IF. Thankfully AA wasn’t stupid enough to sign him for that long.

  71. rockfordone 3 years ago

    Very weak rotation. I’d take the Rays in a seven game series. Baseball is all on the mound. Tigers playing slow-pitch softball.
    Lot of DP in that lineup

  72. Khabibulan 3 years ago

    If Max and Fister are absolute studs, then Verlander must lay more pipe than Wilt Chamberlain

  73. The Angels have something to say about that lol

  74. Motor_City_Bombshell 3 years ago

    In three years? Like, when he’s 30? Uh no.

  75. He agreed to delete his twitter account if he didn’t sign with the Nats.

    So there’s that.

  76. Read somewhere that Tigers had insurance policy on V-Mart and will recoup most of his salary for this year.

  77. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    don’t give him credit for not having the money to do something

    thankfully Friedman and Beane are smart enough not to sign fielder!

  78. $3513744 3 years ago

    Well, I hardly doubt Beane didn’t sign him because he’s that smart.  I bet intelligence had little to do with it.

  79. MB923 3 years ago

    What makes you think the Jays and AA didn’t have the money?

  80. $3513744 3 years ago

    That’s okay though because it’s not my club, and I’m a fake fan–just a figment of your imagination…that doesn’t get paid the big bucks to worry about that.  That’s someone else’s job.  As a fake fan, I only care that they put something worth while to watch.

  81. Not a cool or funny comment.

  82. blah blah, aren’t we all getting tired of this argument and the response

  83. Or maybe like that big guy in Boston?

  84. Cecil was very consistent to the end – age 34.

  85. How have the Rangers bought their team? Just because we signed Darvish? One guy doesn’t equal the blind spending the Yankees did. Sorry.

  86. $3513744 3 years ago

    I know, and yet the yankees still spend more than everyone else.  It’s hysterical.

  87. mike292929 3 years ago

    you’re right, cuz there is no home grown talent on the rangers…. they bought all their stars.

  88. Your sarcasm meter is on the fritz.

  89. $3513744 3 years ago

    Interesting because that was one of my serious comments.

  90. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Boras clearly had something to do with Vmart’s injury

  91. verlander 3 years ago

    Cabrera sounds eager to do whatever it takes to win, which means moving to 3B.

  92. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    exactly, plus having both catchers in the starting lineup is never a good idea

  93. Mikey Roederer 3 years ago

    I have no problem with it, the site is still free and doesn’t have crazy email spammings so it isn’t too much to ask that we keep it family friendly is it?

  94. pooholes? Oh you must mean Pujols.  I get it, you were trying to be funny and original, but sadly you failed.

  95. jwsox 3 years ago

    To be fair jackstigers thinks the tigers are going to sign everyone. He is still saying cespedes is going to sign with them. He was saying Reyes would sign with them so he got one right hit if you throw a ton of darts at a target your bound to get one to stick

  96. RestoreTheRoar 3 years ago

    I was thinking the same thing…I truly didnt think that would happen (neither did our beat reporter) but kudos to the man who called it!

  97. Thurman8er 3 years ago

    Now that Reagins is gone, I don’t mind dealing with you guys again.  If he was still around, we would be trading you Trumbo and $25 million for a bucket of balls.

  98. “I get it, you were trying to be funny and original…”  oh I get it you were trying to be funny and sarcastic but sadly you failed.
    I still say, Cardinals fans take it in there pooholes. 

  99. MaineSox 3 years ago

    Sadly, Hanley will in all likelihood be a much better fielder at 3B than Cabrera.

  100. jwsox 3 years ago

    So… Horribly???

  101. allordt 3 years ago

    V-Mart was never going to catch this season he was only ever going to DH. The Tigers brought Laird back this season to be the DH.

  102. vtadave 3 years ago

    Are you really saying the Indians and Royals will compete with the Tigers this year? I beg to differ.

  103. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    The Tigers won the division by 15 games last season…They improved their offense, even with Vmart out Prince>>>Vmart and it will have no impact on the defense this season since Miggy will DH. We get Fister for a full season, and signed Dotel to shore up the bullpen. Sorry, but this isn’t the Indians time.

  104. Motor_City_Bombshell 3 years ago


    …wait, were you serious? Because let’s see here:

    Best starting pitcher in the league: Justin Verlander
    Best hitter in the league: Miguel Cabrera
    Best cleanup hitter in the league: Prince Fielder
    Best closer in the division: Jose Valverde
    Best catcher in the division: Alex Avila
    Best setup man in the division: Joaquin Benoit
    Best rotation: Detroit Tigers
    Best lineup: Detroit Tigers
    Best manager: Jim Leyland

    Defending MVP: Justin Verlander
    Defending Cy Young: Justin Verlander
    Defending batting champ: Miguel Cabrera

    …can I keep going? They also won the division by 15 games last year.

  105. MaineSox 3 years ago

    He also probably doesn’t weigh as much as Fielder despite being like 6 inches taller.

  106. Thurman8er 3 years ago

    And, in answer to your handle…No, you can’t have Trout.

  107. Who are you kidding, you hate this news!

  108. Tigers519 3 years ago

    Hahahaha!! That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while – JV, Miggy, Prince – our core is elite, and in their prime. What you got ChiSox?

    The AL is going to be incredible this year … 

  109. I like it too.  let’s see where the Fat Prince is in say 2016. Soriano contract anyone? And Tigger’s hopes still depend upon Verlander’s health. He replaces V-Mart’s numbers in 2012, but doesn’t give Detroit the ability to get another arm for the rotation. 

  110. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    So many things wrong with that post it’s not even funny.  And it’s just a sentence long …

    As a teenager in the minors he was actually a shortstop for some time.  Bounced around a bit, playing some OF and 3rd base.

    Played LF and RF his first couple years in the pros, then switched to 3rd base full time for the next two years.  Then the Tigers acquired him.  He certainly was planned to be their long term third baseman or they wouldn’t have started the year with him there.  And the Marlins were certainly more than happy with him at third base, given that he was getting MVP votes every year.

    With very high expectations the Tigers got off to an extremely slow start in 2008 (0-7), and Cabrera made quite a few errors to start the year.  They had no one else locked in at first base — they were playing former SS Carlos Guillen there — so they moved Cabrera over to first.

    His defense was not so bad at 3rd that he couldn’t handle the position.  It was well below average, but his bat more than made up for it.

    I don’t know if Cabrera will go back to 3rd full time.  But it’s certainly a possibility.  There’s no reason to dismiss it as something that’s completely impossible.  They were already planning on having Cabrera play 3rd for interleague games this year.

  111. $3513744 3 years ago

    Of course, Ted Bundy’s not a killer because he doesn’t do it anymore either.

  112. $3513744 3 years ago

    Of course, because we all know that the money they spend on payroll doesn’t count unless it’s spent in the offseason.

  113. RapidRobert19 3 years ago

    It’s not good for baseball in Milwaukee, though.

  114. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Man all 5 of those teams are pretty neck-neck. 

  115. jpkinney7 3 years ago

    Very Bad for 4/5ths of Baseball Teams and Fans….  Good for Baseball.

  116. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Of course the deal is an overpay, but if they win say 2 world series over the course of it, then he was absolutely worth the contract.

  117. $3513744 3 years ago

    I don’t know, I’m still thinking about that one.

  118. FunkyTime 3 years ago

    I think it was the thesaurus that was the dinosaur there, buddy.

  119. $3513744 3 years ago

    Hold on, hold on.  There’s a lot to digest there.  I’m a slow reader and he likes to write a lot.

  120. Yea, i’m jealous of completely aweful contracts.

  121. jwsox 3 years ago

    The twins just need mauer and morneau to perform to their career norms and they will be a ton better and could easily win the division. The whitesox if Dunn rebounds to career norms, Gordon finally has his bat show up for a full season and if morell continues to develope and sale pitches like he should I would say the sox are a more complete team( huge ifs I know) the Indians and royals could easily win if a few of their young guys play to their potential. And don’t forget the Indians upgraded their rotation and lost sizemore and choo for big time last season. The problem is prince is not a dramatic upgrade over vmart. This move will truly show it’s best if they can figure a way to get muggy vmart and prince in the line up everyday next season.

  122. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    I honestly cannot tell if you are kidding or not. But in case you aren’t…Chris Getz is not even close to being a leadoff hitter.

  123. tiger313 3 years ago

    also ramon is one of our better utility guys, and isnt our leadoff hitter. I dont get the pairing of the two.

  124. HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

    You beat me to it. Chris Getz’s slash line certainely would agree.

  125. jwsox 3 years ago

    He was pretty good as a #2 when he was on the sox. I always liked him. He isn’t great but he is not even close to bad and has great speed

  126. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    What do you mean? He’ll die over the next nine years or something.

  127. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    There is no way he won’t. There’s no opt-out, and nobody is taking on this contract.

  128. Chris Masteller 3 years ago

    Thanks for copying my comment in the other thread jackass.

  129. Yankees420 3 years ago


  130. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    I dont read every post..

    pretty logicial joke. sorry for stealing your internet thunder

  131. Why couldn’t you have V-Mart, Cabrera. Prince all taking their turns at DH and their respective positions? V-Mart could catch every once in awhile and play 1B when necessary. With V-Mart’s hitting, you don’t trade that unless you really overpaid Fielder or you don’t have the decent utility man it’ll take to make this thing work.

  132. MB923 3 years ago

    Is the VMart to be traded thing just your assumption or has that been posted somewhere?

  133. strikethree 3 years ago

    The guy in Boston drinks special milkshakes.

  134. bjsguess 3 years ago

    Like Obsessions mentioned – Cecil was NOT good through age 34.

    From 26 to 32 he averaged 258/351/498. From 33 to 34 he averaged 246/340/405. He was out of baseball at 34 but was effectively done being a contributor at 32.

    That’s not to suggest that Prince will follow in his daddy’s footsteps (he’s already a much better player) but it’s never good when a player is out of baseball by 34 because they simply no longer have the skills to compete.

    Also it should be noted that Cecil was hardly the epitome of health before his age 34 season. From his age 30 season until his retirement he mustered just 124 games played in per season. So not only did his performance decrease dramatically from his peak but nagging injuries kept cropping up. Missing 25% of the season (on average) over 4 years is a lot.

  135. Koby2 3 years ago

    I guess we all have our own definitions for what is bad.

  136. strikethree 3 years ago


    They were going to win the division without Fielder.

  137. Except you spent silly $$$ on the easiest position on the field to fill, where a lot of serviceable options exist. Would be as foolhardy as say, bringing in Adam Dunn when you already had a 1b.  Oops.

  138. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    Neither do pitchers, right?9

  139. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I think your comparison is a little simplistic. Not every fat black guy is the same. Mo Vaugn came to NY a good 30-40 lbs overweight and knee issues. Cecil was good up until his age 34 season.

    Prince has been healthy every single year. I think they can squeeze 6 or 7 good seasons out of Fielder. The question is, what would they do with Cabrera once his deal is up in 2015?

  140. nestleraisinets 3 years ago

    there is no vmart for 2012

  141. tiger313 3 years ago

    Ever hear of the Detroit tax? people dont want to play here so we have to pay extra.

  142. Thade Hultzsch 3 years ago

    He said for 2013, not next year, and also I’d like to add that this was a stroke of genius on mt Tigers’ behave. They have V-Mart’s contract  expiring after the 2014 season, and thats when one of our top prospects Nick Castellanos is supposed to be coming up to the Majors. So they’ll have Cabrera at 3rd/DH/1st for 3 seasons, and Fielder play at 1st/DH for 3 seasons, and V-Mart will be out for this season, and will DH for the next 2 years of his contract. Then whoever still has enough in the tank between Cabrera and Fielder will play 1st, and the other will DH, and Castellanos will come up and play third. Sounds like a plan to me.

  143. bobskube 3 years ago

    Yes it does.

  144. buckeyetiger 3 years ago

    What is wrong with you? Common sense and a positive outlook. Shame on you. Can you imagine Cabrera’s numbers hitting ahead of Fielder and what about the guy hitting in front of them. No reason to believe Sherzer and Porcello won’t be improved.

  145. buckeyetiger 3 years ago

    Sorry about that. Yea, Tigers just got better and everyone worries about 7 years from now as though nothing will change between now and then

  146. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    Detroit does tax all people who get a paycheck and work in detroit, so there is kinda a detroit tax.

  147. Tigers519 3 years ago

    Anything that gets you closer to a championship is a good move.
    This gets them closer for at least the next 3-4 years until we start to see some decline.

    2 days ago I was hoping for Damon or Vladdy – and now we have Prince?!?!? Are you kidding me?!?!!?

     5 years from now now matter what Prince’s stat line looks like – if there is a World Series ring on only one of his big ol’ fingers the contract was worth every penny!

  148. For the Tigers, I actually like this signing…it provides protection for Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the lineup. The contract also expires when he is 36, so that it should not be too much of a drag.

  149. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 3 years ago

    well, they shouldn’t, unless your name is Pedro.

  150. Not saying Cecil was consistently great ’til the end.  Cecil was consistent -meaning he put up similar numbers ’til the end.  Big difference.   He did not decline very sharply. 

    Citing Cecil is no proof that Prince will underperform for the bulk of this deal.

  151. PushDown 3 years ago

    Really? I could’ve sworn I read reports on here that the Nats offered him a contract, and I’m not talking about that dude on twitter who makes stuff up.

  152. We’re not going to know whether this is a good investment of not for a while.

  153. Richard Allen 3 years ago

    It’s a decent deal. Fielder shouldn’t have trouble hitting the ball

    out of Comerica at the rate he did at Miller. But now they have two

    sub-par fielders playing the corner infield, unless one of them moves

    to DH. Furthermore, should the cliché “like father like son” come into

    play here, Prince should start losing productivity about half way

    through this contract. I do think he’ll fade that quickly, but I do

    see the last few years of it coming back to haunt the Tigers.

  154. Lunchbox45 3 years ago


  155. Vote4DougWilson 3 years ago

    A super flush with TV money LA Dodgers might… Prince isn’t that old. We’re not talking Vernon Wells here!

  156. Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

    darn what he say lol

  157. Tigers94 3 years ago

    Another legit team? We made the ALCS and took it 7 games last year. 

  158. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    The Tigers were already a legit team as in a serious threat to win the AL, Prince makes us a serious threat to win the World Series. 

  159. baseball52 3 years ago

    Ironically, yes.

  160. verlander 3 years ago

    There was another game in the Tigers/Rangers ALCS I didn’t know about?

  161. Hoosierdaddy92 3 years ago

    I think the plan is simple. This season, play MCab at DH and Fielder at 1b. Then, when VMart comes back next year, play MCab at 3b until June or July, Fielder 1b, VMart DH. If MCab really struggles at the position in the first half, then they trade VMart (who will hopefully have rebuilt some of his value in half a season and proved healthy). That opens up a spot to bring up Nick Castellanos (their star 3b prospect) and still save a year of service time for him.

  162. vonhayesdays 3 years ago

    your typical , judea christian bs , trying to make sure everybody’s eyes and ears stay pure and holy like the virgin birth

  163. Stuart Brown 3 years ago

    Martinez’s deal will be up a year before that point. Cabrera is re-signed and DH’s? Doubt it. He’ll only be 32 coming out of that contract.

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