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.