Prince Fielder has agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He will become the Tigers' first baseman, with Miguel Cabrera moving into the DH role in the absence of injured Victor Martinez.
This is an earth-shaking move, for a number of reasons.
Competitively, it puts the Tigers in position to battle the AL elite, which had been the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Logistically, it changes the landscape of the Tigers roster, especially when Martinez returns in 2013.
Historically, though, the deal is interesting as the Tigers now have one of the best slugging tandems in MLB history in the middle of their lineup.
One is left-handed; one is right-handed. One will turn 28 in May; one will turn 29 in April. The sheer excellence of this pairing makes them as fascinating as they are dangerous. Here are the 10 best tandems in big league history when it comes to bludgeoning the ball in their prime.