Detroit Tigers Make a Royally Expensive Opening for Prince Fielder
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Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers have never been shy during free agency. This is the same club, after all, that threw $50 million at Victor Martinez to be the DH, paid Miguel Cabrera almost $200 million to "defend" at first and inexplicably traded Curtis Granderson for a mild return to save money, yet signed Johnny Damon almost immediately after the fact.
Like their division rivals on Chicago's south side, they're tough to predict, but it's foolish to discount them.
Morbid news of a Martinez ACL tear seemingly prompted the Tigers to make this deal. Prince Fielder, now a $214 million man, is the latest signee for Motown as he joins the club with which his father Cecil was most renowned. Right now, it appears that Prince will man first base while Cabrera switches to the hot corner—a position where he floundered 60 pounds ago.
Detroit's pitching staff may need to hone its already-stellar strikeout tendencies.
Fielder will rival Miggy as the team's best hitter, and the former's defense should be adequate, but it's tough to discern what Detroit will do when Victor comes back; the infield already looks primed for errors and weak range. Alex Avila will catch, presumably, but having Martinez catch a few times a week certainly helped.
We don't know the exact details of what happened, but it looks like the Tigers made a rash decision on the heels of a devastating injury, and we'll have the next nine years to examine the repercussions.
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