Once the news broke that catcher/DH Victor Martinez would be out for all of 2012 after tearing his ACL in a pre-season workout, the Tigers had to go big to stay relevant in the AL.
And answering with Prince Fielder certainly does just that.
Actually, I was a tad stunned that Detroit made such a Yankee-esque move to fix things. The Tigers now join a handful of teams that have started recklessly spending money and handing out monster contracts, just like the Yankees have done for years.
YOU’RE WELCOME TIGERS:
In my opinion, it is about darn time that MLB owners started spending some dough because win or lose, it sends a clear message that they are invested in winning.
New York fans understand this concept because the Yankees wrote this memo and it went out a long time ago.
“I personally share in our fans’ disappointment that this season has ended without a championship. That is, and always will be, our singular goal every season. I assure you that this disappointment will strengthen our resolve to field a team in 2012 that can bring a 28th championship to the Bronx. That work starts now.”
This offseason, the Yankees were slow out of the gate but in the end the Boss’s son remained true to what his father always promised.
As what could comfort a fan-base more than to know the owners will go above and beyond to put the best possible team on the field everyday with only one goal, to win.
TIGERS IN 2012:
The Tigers signing Prince Fielder was no luxury, as he became a necessity for Detroit to stay relevant in the American League in 2012.
The AL Central is looking like a joke compared to the East and West in terms of competition level. The Tigers should have no problem wrapping up the Central early and easily, even sans Martinez and Prince.
The playoffs are a whole different monster and to say that the Tigers are World Series favorites is far from the truth. The Angels, Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox and Rays are still better teams in my opinion. For the Tigers to join that list Verlander will have to win 24 games again, and that is going to be tough.
See, even with their new Prince, Detroit is no lock. Looking at the bigger picture, the Tigers are certainly in better place than they were yesterday but for 2012 they had to fill a void.
Overall, Detroit fans should be pumped, as the Tigers owners seem in it to win it and that is never a bad thing.
- You: Prince Fielder: Tigers Trade Short-Term Success for Long-Term Nightmare (bleacherreport.com)
- The Detroit Tigers Win The Prince Fielder Sweepstakes (inquisitr.com)
- Prince Fielder, Tigers Agree On 9-Year, $214 Million Deal (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Report: Prince Fielder Signs With Tigers (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Prince Fielder shocks baseball and signs with the Detroit Tigers (examiner.com)
- Prince Fielder and Detroit Tigers agree to 9-year, $214 million deal (thegrio.com)
- Prince Fielder Signs 9-Year Deal With Detroit (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)