The Detroit Tigers announced yesterday that they signed Prince Fielder to a nine year contract for 214 million dollars. It is amazing how Scott Boras always seems to get it done. It didn't look like he would get anywhere near what he got. Detroit wasn't even mentioned, Miguel Cabrera is their first baseman but it looks like he will move to third base now. They may have the two split between first base and DH now that they have lost Victor Martinez for the year. It will be interesting to see how this develops and if they can coexist but that is a fearsome combination in the middle of that lineup. The Tigers now also need to be viewed as AL monsters. The AL is stacked with the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Angels, Rangers and now Tigers. So much for anyone thinking they could compete in the AL Central.
Tim Lincecum avoided arbitration with the San Francisco Giants. He signed a two year deal for 40.5 million. The Giants bought out his last two arbitration years so he couldn't become a free agent next year. That is a huge number for a guy avoiding arbitration.
Cody Ross signed with the Boston Red Sox. It isn't a huge signing but a pretty good one for the Red Sox. He will help replace J.D. Drew in right field.
Francisco Cordero agreed to a one year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ken Rosenthal reported he would be the setup man to Sergio Santos.
The Oakland Athletics have finalized their one year deal with former Yankee Bartolo Colon. He revived his career with the Yankees last year, he really tailed off at the end of the season. He signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last year and could earn two million this season.
Yoenis Cespedes earned residency in the Dominican republic and today officially became a free agent. It doesn't look like the Yankees are interested but you never know.
Tony Larussa although he retired will manage the NL all stars in the All Star Game.
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