The Detroit Tigers and All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder have agreed to a nine-year deal worth $214 million. With fielder in the lineup, Detroit boasts a lineup that figures to enter the 2012 season as AL Central Division favorites with hopes to make a run at their first World Series title since 1984.
Fielder hit .299 with 38 homers and 120 RBI’s last season for the NL Central champion Milwaukee Brewers. He finished third in MVP voting and also took home the All-Star Game MVP.
Brewers GM Doug Melvin never expected to re-sign Fielder after hearing what agent Scott Boras was demanding. “Scott said from Day 1 it was going to be $200 million,” he said. “When you hear those kinds of numbers, we couldn’t get involved in that. All I can say is we had the feeling it was going to be very difficult to keep him.”
The Tigers entered the race for Fielder following the recent knee injury of designated hitter Victor Martinez. The 13-year veteran will likely miss the entire season after tearing his left ACL during offseason conditioning. Check back for additional MLB offseason updates.