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Prince Fielder Rumors: Slugger Close To Signing Nine-Year Deal With Tigers, According To Report

It seems as though the other shoe has finally dropped as it pertains to the free agency of Prince Fielder. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Fielder is on the verge of signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.

SI.com is tracking the complete developments of the Fielder deal as it unfolds with the Tigers. Detroit comes seemingly out of left field as a suitor for the slugging free agent, who put up a slash line of .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.

The Brewers were believed to be a front-runner for Fielder in the early going, but their signing of free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish, combined with the short-term need to extend Josh Hamilton, effectively removed them from the hunt. This move certainly has a deep impact on the American League's Central Division and makes the Tigers an immediate threat to make another run at the postseason.

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