Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera will make a combined $44 million dollars this season, more than the rest of the projected starting lineup combined. In fact, Fielder’s $23 million or Cabrera’s $21 million alone is more than everyone else combined.
The only other player on the roster that stands to make anywhere near what Fielder and Cabrera make is the Tigers ace Justin Verlander. His handsome raise this year will have him netting $20 million in 2012. A $7 million-plus payoff raise for the sweet deal he parlayed for the Tigers a few year back to keep them under management's self-imposed salary cap.
There is a lot riding on the investment the Tigers have made in Fielder and Cabrera—an immediate expectation for All-Star numbers and high offensive production.
Both will be afforded some room for error defensively as long as they post the type of offensive numbers that put fans in the seats and big numbers on the scoreboard. Long-range dramatic home runs and three-figure RBI totals will bring plenty of fans out to the ball park this summer.
Here are several bold predictions, some perhaps even historic, for the Fielder-Cabrera tandem in 2012.