For some reason with this potential deal and the Pujols deal, the saga of Mo Vaughn and the Angels always comes to mind.The Tigers are "very close" to a nine-year deal with Prince Fielder, Yahoo's Tim Brown tweets.
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Prince Fielder, who hit baseballs out of Tiger Stadium as a 12-year-old, is on his way back to Detroit, where his father, Cecil Fielder, starred for seven years. The Tigers have agreed to sign the free agent first baseman to a nine-year, $214MM contract, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Fielder will play first base and Miguel Cabrera will change roles, Heyman adds.
The agreement will keep Fielder in the Motor City through his age 36 season for an average annual value of $23.78MM. The 27-year-old first baseman will join Cabrera in the middle of the Tigers' order and create more than enough offense to make up for the loss of Victor Martinez.