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Tigers sign Prince Fielder to 9 year deal!!!!!!!!

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Lynn G. Henning @Lynn_Henning

Cabrera being stoic, but when you take one of the top 3 stars in the game and say: Move to a position that's going to kill you, and us, ouch

Yeah, Henning gets an idea in his mind and twists everything to fit it. DD is being coy one day, honest the next, Miggy is gonna end up pissed despite every single quote and fact about him wanting to play 3rd.

The best is that he treats his speculation as fact and treats direct quotes and player history as fungible.

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One thing that hasn't been debated much is whether we had to go all the way to 9 years. It's obviously difficult to know for sure without sitting in the negotiation sessions, but by all accounts Prince's other primary suitor, Washington, wasn't willing to go above 6 or 7 years. Now comes word that the other mystery team in on Fielder was the Dodgers, who made a 7 year offer.

I get that he wasn't going to come here for 5 years, or maybe even 6. But wouldn't an 8 year deal have gotten it done? Or alternatively, couldn't we have given him a couple million more per year than the Dodgers over 7 years. The difference between 7 years and 8 or 9 may seem trivial, but I'd feel much better about this deal if it were a shorter one.

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The difference between 7 years and 8 or 9 may seem trivial, but I'd feel much better about this deal if it were a shorter one.

Yes, it is trivial, which is why not one part of this deal seems bad to me. We have rich owners who want to win and there is no salary cap. I aint sweatin' a thing.

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Yes, it is trivial, which is why not one part of this deal seems bad to me. We have rich owners who want to win and there is no salary cap. I aint sweatin' a thing.

We have generous ownership right now. But I'd be very surprised if Illitch is still in charge by 2017, and I'd be even more surprised if his successor is willing to run the franchise at as big a deficit as Illitch has been.

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Leyland: "Inge isn't a happy camper." Oh boohoo! Break the Mendoza line and maybe you have room to complain.

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I believe 9 years was necessary because the Dodgers' offer had an out clause. Fielder could have banked a bigger annual salary for a few years from them, then hit free agency again much sooner for possibly an even bigger annual salary, which coupled together, would have exceeded the value of a shorter offer from the Tigers.

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The difference in a 8-year and a 9-year deal seems pretty small to me. I doubt at the end the 9th year is the difference maker in my eyes that it was a good deal or a bad deal.

Also, maybe Prince wanted to stay in the NL or live in SoCal, so the Tigers had to give him 2 more years to get him to come here.

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We have generous ownership right now. But I'd be very surprised if Illitch is still in charge by 2017, and I'd be even more surprised if his successor is willing to run the franchise at as big a deficit as Illitch has been.

Unless his son, who will be in charge, has a similar passion as him.

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Prince doesn't really sound all happy...Sounds like he is holding his tongue....keeps talking about 'being happy to be here' canned response to every question.

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Prince doesn't really sound all happy...Sounds like he is holding his tongue....keeps talking about 'being happy to be here' canned response to every question.

I thought the same, but I don't really know much about him outside of the lines so that could just be his demeanor.

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Would you guys rather Inge be happy to be on the bench?

The problem I have with Inge is he acts like he is entitled to a starting spot.

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