Detroit's financial disconnect

High-priced baseball signing stands in sharp contrast with struggling city's finances

Updated: January 29, 2012, 11:47 AM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

I will admit, as a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan, when I first heard we snagged Prince Fielder, I was ecstatic.

Victor Martinez had blown out his knee just days before -- lost for the upcoming season -- and replacing his offensive production wasn't going to be easy. A step back, after an amazing 2011, seemed inevitable. Then out of nowhere Detroit landed Fielder and life was good.

Then I saw the price tag and thought, "What the hell?"

All we hear ...

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