There was a fake tweet today that Prince Fielder to the Nationals, on an eight-year contract, was a done deal, which caused an initial burst of excitement, until it was revealed as a hoax.
But not more than 10 minutes later came a real tweet from the respected Tim Brown of Yahoo:
That’s quite a shocker, considering the Tigers have never even been mentioned until today, when Buster Olney threw out a one-year scenario. The theory was that Fielder could be a one-year stopgap in Detroit to cover for the loss of Victor Martinez, and then Fielder would be able to hit a more robust free-agent market next year (when the Dodgers and Mets presumably would have their financial problems solved).
Well, this is more than a stopgap — this is a major commitment by the Tigers, who clearly want to make another run at the World Series. Fielder and Miguel Cabrera would be the top one-two punch in baseball — or very close to it. And Prince goes back to where his father, Cecil — with whom he’s been famously estranged — had his greatest glory.
Now more tweets are coming in confirming Brown’s scoop. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the deal is for nine years, $214 million. Wow! Heyman also says that Fielder will play first base and Cabrera, the incumbent first baseman, will take a new role. The average annual value of the deal is $23.78 million. Fielder will be 36 when it expires.
My final sentence from the Jan. 3 post: I still expect a jaw-dropping deal for Prince Fielder.
My jaw has officially dropped.