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Prince Fielder's Contract, a Lackluster Performance and Hard Questions
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Prince Fielder was hired for one reason. OK, maybe two. The first reason was his power in the batter's box. The second reason, related to the first, was his box-office draw. As to the first reason, his career stats seemed pretty solid. He hit 228 home runs from his first full season (2006) to the final year before he was signed by the Tigers (2011), for an average of 38 home runs per year, and an average of 108 RBI per year. In that time, he averaged a slashline of .282/.391/.541, with an OPS of .932. What's not to like here?

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