Prince of Motown: The Pros and Cons of Signing Prince Fielder

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Prince of Motown: The Pros and Cons of Signing Prince Fielder
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Well Tigers fans, you got the biggest story of the baseball off season right on the front page of your papers. If you somehow thought you missed the story, don't worry, you didn't, this story is too huge to miss.

The Detroit Tigers signed a huge man who puts up huge numbers to a huge salary, and now has the chance of the Tigers winning a World Series, well, huge. That's right, the Tigs signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million salary with a no-opt-out clause.

Of course, just like any other big-name signing, there comes a price. Sure, $214 million over the next nine years is already a big price tag, but what about everything that money can't buy?

Signing a big player can cause a tidal wave in the free agent pool, but there is always a chance of getting soaked after the ink on the contract dries.

But let's be real here, there aren't a whole lot of negatives to talk about. This signing just made the frigid Detroit winter a little hotter and has Tigers fans amped for the first pitch of the 2012 season.

Tuesday's signing inspired Motown citizens to brush off their favorite Tigers shirt and wear it proudly as they look forward to a now-promising season.

The promising season is right intact due to the huge signing of Fielder, but we can't move on without weighing the pros with the cons of landing the free-agent market's hottest name.

Let's start off with the good news, shall we?

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