Saying “dreams come true,” Prince Fielder was introduced Thursday by the Detroit Tigers.
Fielder appeared at a news conference at Comerica Park after finalizing a $214 million, nine-year contract, the fourth-largest deal in baseball history.
“This is awesome,” Fielder said. “I just never thought this could happen.”
With Detroit desperate to win its first World Series title since 1984, the big first baseman will combine with Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers perhaps the most formidable Nos. 3-4 hitters in the major leagues. But with Cabrera shifting to third, it also will give Detroit a potentially troublesome defense at the infield corners.
Fielder was seated at a dais along with owner Mike Ilitch, manager Jim Leyland, General Manager Dave Dombrowski and agent Scott Boras.
Dombrowski called it “a very exciting time for this city” as Fielder was given his Tigers jersey.
Ilitch recalled how Fielder used to hang around Tiger Stadium, where his father Cecil played for Detroit,
“He was marked to be a major-league baseball player,” Ilitch said.
Leyland said Brandon Inge, who is being displaced from third, “isn’t the happiest camper.” But Leyland also said he thought Cabrera was capable of handling defensive duties at third.
Fielder will make $23 million in each of his first two years with Detroit, then will make $24 million annually in the final seven seasons of his contract.
Yankees, Logan set deal
The New York Yankees settled their final salary arbitration case, agreeing with left-hander Boone Logan on a one-year contract worth $1,875,000. Logan was 5-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 64 games last year and made $1.2 million.
Red Sox pick up Ross
The Boston Red Sox confirmed the signing of outfielder Cody Ross to a one-year contract and said right-hander Scott Atchison was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. The $3 million deal for Ross was first reported on Monday. Ross, 31, batted .240 with 14 home runs for the San Francisco Giants last season.
A’s get deal with Gomes
The Oakland Athletics and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed to a one-year contract. The A’s cleared room on the 40-man roster for Gomes by designating infielder Adrian Cardenas for assignment. Gomes, 31, batted .209 with 14 home runs last year for Cincinnati and Washington.
Nationals to sign Lidge
Free-agent reliever Brad Lidge agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. Last season, the right-hander threw only 19· innings for the Philadelphia Phillies, going 0-2 with a 1.40 ERA and one save.
Reds retain Arredondo
The Cincinnati Reds reached agreement on a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo, who went 4-4 with a 3.23 ERA in 53 appearances around two stints on the disabled list last season.