The Prince Fielder sweepstakes are over.
According to Tim Brown from Yahoo! Sports, the first baseman has chosen to play for the Detroit Tigers after reaching nine year deal for $214 million. The Washington Nationals were thought to be the favorites to land Fielder, especially after the Texas Rangers seemingly pulled out after signing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. The Seattle Mariners were also believe to be in play. The Tigers were an afterthought and this signing will come as a surprise to many.
The 27-year-old Fielder hit .299 with 38 home runs and 120 last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Tigers already had one of the leagues’ top hitting first basemen in Miguel Cabrera. Either Cabrera or Fielder will play as the designated hitter for the Tigers. That position open up last week when Victor Martinez tore his ACL and will miss the season.
Prince’s father, Cecil, who was one of most feared hitters in the 90’s, played for Tigers.