With the fourth-largest deal in Major League Baseball history, the Detroit Tigers have signed free agent first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract.
Various members of the media are also confirming that there is no opt-out provision in the deal.
After erroneous reports and rumors were talked about for months, Fielder finally settled on the Tigers – a team that seemingly came from out of nowhere to land the slugger.
Insiders persisted that the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles were the favorites to sign Fielder. Instead, Prince chose to head to Motown, where his father Cecil played from 1990-96.
After losing Victor Martinez for the 2012 season with a torn ACL, the Tigers picking up Fielder fills a void in the lineup. Fielder and Miguel Cabrera will most likely split time at both first base and designated hitter.