Tigers swoop in to claim their prize
'Mystery team' answers V-Mart's injury by adding Fielder
So it turns out the Tigers were the "mystery team" in the Prince Fielder sweepstakes. And it's no mystery why they went all-in on Cecil's son.As replacements for an injured Victor Martinez go, this one's tough to top. Just when the outside world was beginning to wonder if agent Scott Boras would be able to find a suitable deal for his prized slugger, the Tigers stepped in with what is reported to be a nine-year, $214 million deal for Fielder. It's a gargantuan contract that not only compares with what Albert Pujols will receive from the Angels in average annual value ($24 million) but also sets Fielder up to be eligible for free agency again at 36. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. No matter what general manager Dave Dombrowski said to downplay (or, in fact, dismiss) the Tigers' interest in Prince, we should have seen this coming the minute Martinez's left knee buckled. Or maybe even earlier. The 2006 American League champion Tigers were built on Boras clients in Pudge Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez and Kenny Rogers. And the Tigers shelled out $8 million in hopes of one last burst of brilliance from Johnny Damon in 2010.
New Prince of Detroit
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