Posted January 25, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Tigers sign Fielder to mega-deal!

@SportsBata ..nuff said

#Likefatherlikeson The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent 1B Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal worth $214 Million on Tuesday! CBSSports.com and Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal! There is one catch; Fielders deal doesn’t include an opt-out provision. The Tigers put up the money, and want to secure him for the #future! The Brewers will have a big hole to fill w/o Prince at first base! Fielder is now the third highest paid first baseman ($23.8 Million/year) in MLB, behind Phillies Ryan Howard ($25 Million/year) and Angels Albert Pujols ($24 Million/year)! Check out other MLB signings, re-signings, and trades below!

Coincidentally, Prince’s father, Cecil Fielder, was a big man with a big bat and biggest contract in the mid-90’s for the Tigers as well! Cecil was shocked, but pleasantly surprised on receiving news of Prince’s new contract! Check out Cecil’s contract and his reaction below!

In 1993, Cecil Fielder set the salary standard going into his fourth season with the Tigers by signing a five-year, $36-million deal. That made Cecil baseball’s highest-paid player for the last three seasons of the contract, when his base salary was $9,237,500 for each season.

Inflation and the upward spiral of contracts have combined to put Prince in an income level that dwarfs what his dad signed for two decades ago. In fact, Cecil’s $36 million deal wouldn’t pay the federal income tax on Prince’s contract. – foxsports

Prince Fielder as a kid practicing with the Tigers

“That just shocked me,” Cecil Fielder told MLB Radio on SiriusXM. “I just landed in New York… and I got that call — that’s crazy! He’s going to come full circle. You know, he’s been there in Detroit most of his young life, so I think he’ll be comfortable in that place. …

“I know Mr. (Mike) Ilitch is probably pretty excited, because he’s been wanting that kid since he was a little kid, so he finally got his wish.” – usatoday

The Yankees re-signed All-Star catcher Russell Martin to a one-year deal worth $7.5 Million! The Yankees signed him just in time to avoid salary arbitration. Martin can earn performance bonuses. He earned an additional $1,375,000 in performance bonuses over his $4 Million salary last year. Lefty reliever Boone Logan is the last player left in arbitration with the Yankees.

The SF Giants and two-time NL Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum agreed verbally to a two-year deal worth $40.5 Million on Tuesday! The deal includes a $500K signing bonus, $18 Million this year, and $22 Million for 2013! Lincecum was looking for a record $21.5 Million a year through salary arbitration, and the club was willing to pay $17 Million. Giants needed to secure their ace, and it appears they have reached an agreement.