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Prince Fielder agrees to deal with Detroit Tigers

January 24, 2012 |  1:54 pm


The Associated Press is reporting that free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder has agreed to a nine-year, $214-million deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Fielder will be following in the footsteps of his father, Cecil Fielder, who hit 51 homers for the Tigers in 1990 and played for them until 1996.

The Tigers win out over Milwaukee, where Fielder has spent his entire career, Texas and Washington. Fielder hit .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs last season and has averaged 40 homers and 113 RBIs over the last five years.

The deal comes on the heels of Albert Pujols' 10-year, $240-million deal with the Angels.

Last season, they won the AL Central with a 95-67 record before losing to the Texas Rangers in the AL championship series. However, the Tigers have paid a lot of money for a one-dimensional player who can't run and is extremely limited defensively.

Here is the Tigers' lineup with Fielder: 1. CF Austin Jackson; 2. RF Brennan Boesch; 3. 1B Miguel Cabrera; 4. DH Prince Fielder; 5. C Alex Avila; 6. LF Delmon Young; 7. SS Jhonny Peralta; 8. 2B Ramon Santiago/Ryan Raburn; 9. 3B Brandon Inge/Don Kelly.


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Photo: Prince Fielder. Credit. Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press