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The Big Payout for Prince Fielder
By Jackson Brewers Tickets Fan | Posted Wednesday, February 1
Scott Boras, certainly knows how to wait for the right offer for his client. As many analysts expected Prince Fielder to be one of the first players to go in this year's free-agent pool, Boras knew better. During three months of negotiations, Fielder turned down every offer. He remained silent until this past week, when the Detroit Tigers put up a bid that neither Boras nor Fielder could refuse.
Detroit’s general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters that his team hadn't been interested in the former Brewers first basemen since they lost him to Milwaukee in the seventh round of the 2002 draft. That year, Ilitch settled for shortstop Scott Moore, who never made it out of the Tigers farm system. Moore was traded to the Cubs, then to the Orioles. Moore would play a total of eight professional games in his very short career.
It’s not hard to see why Ilitch was eager to get his hands on Fielder’s big bat. The Tigers lost their own star slugger Victor Martinez to a knee injury a few weeks ago.
Fielder was officially introduced to his new fans and teammates over the past weekend at a ceremony at Comerica Park. Fielder sat at a table with his two sons and wife, answering questions related to his time with the Brewers, and the move to Detroit.
The following is the Prince Fielder contract broken down into easily understandable chunks:
Base Salary for Prince Fielder
• Through 2020: $214 million
MVP Bonuses for Fielder
• $500,000 MVP bonus
• $200,000 second-fifth MVP bonus
• $100,000 sixth-tenth MVP bonus
• $1 million for every MVP award after his first
Payouts for Additional Awards
• $100,000 All-Star starter
• $50,000 All-Star reserve
• $100,000 Silver Slugger
• $100,000 Golden Glove
• $100,000 Hank Aaron Award
• $150,000 league championship MVP
• $200,000 World Series MVP