1.24.2012

Prince Is A Tiger... Like His Daddy

The Detroit Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to a nine year, $214 million deal - taking arguably the biggest free-agent off the market. The former Milwaukee Brewer hit .299 with 30 homeruns and 120 RBIs last season and was nearly the league MVP before being edged out by teammate Ryan Braun.

The Tigers lost first baseman\catcher Victor Martinez to a season ending knee injury already this offseason, so adding Fielder to the roster became not only a want but a need. The Tigers beat out Texas and Washington for the coveted first baseman, and frankly flew under the radar the entire time. Adding Fielder to a lineup that already contains Miguel Cabrera gives the Tigers two of the top power hitters in the league.

Fielder is a career .282 hitter with 230 homeruns and 656 RBIs since his rookie season in 2005. The 27 year old first baseman was a first round pick by the Brewers in 2002. His father Cecil Fielder played for the Tigers from 1990-1996. The elder Fielder hit 51 homeruns for the Tigers in 1990 and was considered one of the best power hitters in the late 80's and early 90's.

[Image: Sully Baseball]

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