Fielder inks monster deal with Detroit

> If you told me you saw this coming, I’d call you a liar.

At long last, Prince Fielder has signed a deal with a team. Was it the Nationals, like everyone expected? No. The Orioles? No. The Dodgers? No. The Rangers? No. The Mariners? No.

Then, who?

None other than the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers came flying out of nowhere in the running and inked Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million deal. That comes out to about $23.8 million per year- not much less than what Albert Pujols is making with the Angels.

But I’m happy Fielder at least signed with a team that we know is going to contend in 2012. Had he signed with a team like the Orioles, Dodgers, Mariners, etc., I would have been pretty mad, because we’d have known that it was all about the money. But, after holding out this long without a deal and finally signing with the Tigers, that shows that it was about the chance to contend.

You may be wondering why the Tigers offered Fielder this deal with an All-Star first baseman- Miguel Cabrera- already in place. It was announced last week that DH/catcher Victor Martinez will miss the whole season due to an ACL tear that he got while hitting a home run last season, ironically enough. The recovery time will force him to miss all of 2012. But I credit the Tigers for working quickly and finding a replacement for him right away.

Anyway, I guess this is it. Good-bye, Fielder. It was a good run, and we’re going to miss you here in Milwaukee. It was a great six seasons with the Crew, and I wish you the best of luck over the next nine years in Detroit.

> Tony La Russa will be managing the 2012 NL All-Star team. Guess that dink isn’t completely out of baseball yet.

> And that’s about it. I’ll update later with a link to my first post on Reviewing the Brew, which should be coming sometime tonight. But for now, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

UPDATE- I just finished my first post on RtB. I’m not allowed to re-post it anywhere else, but here’s the link to it.

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