Detroit Tigers sign 9-year, $214M deal with Prince Fielder

Tigers get slugger after DH Martinez is expected to miss 2012

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with first baseman Prince Fielder.

CBS first reported the terms of the deal on Tuesday.

Fielder's agent, Scott Boras, had been shopping around. The Tigers were not expected to be in the mix for Fielder, but after the team announced DH Victor Martinez would miss the majority, if not all, of the 2012 season because of an ACL injury, signing Fielder appeared to be an option.

Several other teams had showed interest including the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.

Fielder has spent the past six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. He batted .299 including 38 homeruns and 120 RBIs with Milwaukee in 2011.

His career batting average is .282. The 27-year-old was drafted by Milwaukee as the 7th pick in the 1st round of the 2002 amateur draft.

Fielder's father, Cecil Fielder, spent seven seasons as first baseman with Detroit from 1990-96.

- Prince Fielder

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