In a surprising move, the Detroit Tigers have reportedly agreed to a nine-year deal worth an estimated $214 million with prized free agent Prince Fielder, according to CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman.
Initial reports had it that three teams were in play for the game’s top free agent: the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. But after months of negotiations, Heyman noted that the finalists to land Fielder were the Nationals, the Tigers and one other “mystery team.” According to sources, it was Detroit’s offer that lured the All-Star first baseman away from other suitors.
The nine-year contract is pending a physical, per reports. Should Fielder be cleared by team physicians, he’ll join a stout lineup led by power-hitting first baseman Miguel Cabrera. In 162 games last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, the 27-year-old Fielder hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI.
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