January 26th, 2012
Prince Fielder is officially back in town. The Tigers officially announced the nine-year contract Thursday morning and scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. at Comerica Park, where Fielder will be introduced and don the Old English D for the first time since he was better known as Cecil Fielder’s son two decades ago.
“Prince Fielder is one of the premier offensive players in the game of baseball, and we are extremely excited to add an all-star caliber player like him to our lineup,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a press release. “The addition of Prince is a testament to the organization’s continued commitment to fielding a championship club.”
Both Fielder and Dombrowski are expected to speak at the press conference, which should provide a little more insight about how the Tigers will fit Fielder and Cabrera into the lineup together. Fielder is expected to become Detroit’s primary first baseman this year, with Cabrera getting time at third base, designated hitter and third.
The press conference will be broadcast live on MLB.com and MLB Network.
The Tigers usually don’t have an in-person press conference to introduce a player unless it’s a big one. They haven’t had one for a new player, in fact, since Dontrelle Willis signed his three-year contract shortly after his trade to Detroit in 2007. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez weren’t introduced until TigerFest, and Johnny Damon didn’t sign until spring training.
Prince Fielder’s return to Detroit, however, is very big. Thus, the Tigers will introduce their newest slugger to the public in a press conference Thursday, according to AP.
Details of the contract are also coming out in the report — $23 million in each of his first two seasons, followed by a $24 million annual salary for the ensuing seven years. He also has plenty of incentives: $500,000 for AL MVP with $1 million if he’s a repeat winner, $200,000 for second thru fifth place, $100,000 for top 10, $100,000 if he’s an All-Star starter, $50,000 for a reserve spot, and $100,000 each for a Hank Aaron award, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, or Sporting News or Baseball America postseason All-Star honors.