Detroit Tigers to sign 9-year, $214M deal with Prince Fielder

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According to reports, the Detroit Tigers are working to close a nine-year, $214 million contract with first baseman Prince Fielder.

CBS first reported the terms of the deal.

Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, had been shopping around. The Tigers were not expected to be in the mix for Fielder, but after the team announced DH Victor Martinez would miss the majority, if not all, of the 2012 season because of an ACL injury, signing Fielder appeared to be an option.

Several other teams had showed interest including the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.

Fielder has spent the past six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. He batted .299 including 38 homeruns and 120 RBIs with Milwaukee in 2011.

His career batting average is .282.

Fielder’s father, Cecil Fielder, spent 7 seasons as first baseman with Detroit from 1990-96.

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