There’s a New Prince in Town

The Pistons may have Tayshaun Prince, but now the Detroit Tigers have their own Prince, Prince Fielder. The former Milwaukee Brewer first basemen signed a 9-year, $214 million deal on Tuesday, shocking the baseball world. Once thought to sign with the Washington Nationals or Texas Rangers, Fielder took more money, and more years on his contract to come to Detroit, where his father, Cecil Fielder once was a fan favorite.

Two weeks ago, this wasn’t possible. The Tigers pretty much had their lineup set, ready to go for Spring Training. Injuries happen though, and Victor Martinez went down with a torn ACL last week, causing a big gap in the Tigers lineup. They needed a Designated Hitter (DH), and were looking for a cheap replacement, with power. Many of the options that were considered were Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, Derrek Lee, and Yoenis Cespedes.

New Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (Photo Courtesy of: rumorsandrants.com)

General Manager Dave Dombrowski wanted to take things slow in finding the right replacement. One week later, the biggest splash in the free agent pool was made. Many of the baseball experts never predicted this to happen. Fielder has the fourth highest contract in Major League Baseball history, and because of this move, current first basemen, Miguel Cabrera will move to third base because of this signing.

His contact is only behind Albert Pujols, who just signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this past offseason for $24 million, Cliff Lee, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies two seasons ago for $24 million, Ryan Howard with the Philadelphia Phillies for $25 million, and finally Alex Rodriguez, who signed the monster contract with the New York Yankees for $27.8 million in 2007.

The current roster for the Detroit Tigers could look different against both right-handed pitchers and left-handed pitchers.

Against right-handers:
1.) CF Austin Jackson
2.) RF Brennan Boesch
3.) DH Miguel Cabrera
4.) 1B Prince Fielder
5.) LF Delmon Young
6.) C Alex Avila
7.) SS Jhonny Peralta
8.) 3B Don Kelly
9.) 2B Ramon Santiago

Against left-handers:
1.) CF Austin Jackson
2.) 2B Ryan Raburn
3.) 1B Miguel Cabrera
4.) DH Prince Fielder
5.) LF Delmon Young
6.) RF Brennan Boesch
7.) SS Jhonny Peralta
8.) C Alex Avila
9.) 3B Brandon Inge

This is of course, if the Tigers do not sign anyone else throughout the offseason. It is said that Cabrera moves to third base for this season. If so, those rosters above mean nothing and will definitely change as we get closer and closer towards Spring Training. If Cabrera moves to third base, look for the Tigers to trade away Brandon Inge, and sign another designated hitter, such as Damon or Vladimir Guerrero.

Opening Day is April 5, against the Boston Red Sox and tickets are currently on sale. If Prince is “Your Tiger,” his shirt goes on sale on January 26, and jerseys soon after.

As the season is around two and a half months away, we, as Detroiters just became more excited for this season to start. In fact, the Tigers odds to win the World Series dropped from 14-1 to 9-1 with the signing of Fielder. Just like his dad, he is here for the next nine years, and has been called a much better player than his father. If that is so, we can reminisce about the great bombs that Cecil hit out of old Tiger Stadium, but watch his son do the same, in Comerica Park.

To see the original post, go to The Michigan Journal Website.

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