Source — Detroit Tigers Land Prince Fielder With Nine-Year, $214 Million Deal
Well this certainly isn’t good news for The Minnesota Twins!
CBSSports.com and Yahoo! each had earlier reported the deal between the Tigers and the free-agent first baseman
Detroit boldly stepped up in the Fielder sweepstakes after the recent knee injury to star Victor Martinez. A week ago, the Tigers announced that the productive designated hitter could miss the entire season after tearing his left ACL during offseason conditioning.
Even though he never expected to re-sign Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin called his departure “somewhat of a sad day,” in comments to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Melvin said the Brewers never made Fielder an offer once the team found out the terms that agent Scott Boras was seeking.
“Scott said from Day 1 it was going to be $200 million,” Melvin told the newspaper. “When you hear those kinds of numbers, we couldn’t get involved in that. All I can say is we had the feeling it was going to be very difficult to keep him.”
The Tigers won their division by 15 games before losing in the American League Championship Series to Texas. Adding the 27-year-old Fielder gives the Tigers two of the game’s premier sluggers, pairing him with Miguel Cabrera.