Tigers offer 'lifeboat' to Prince Fielder

Slugger and his agent, Scott Boras, get their big payday from a surprising source

Originally Published: January 24, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Scott Boras refused to let anybody see him sweat when New Year's Day passed and Prince Fielder -- a crown jewel of this winter's free-agent class -- remained unsigned. During a Jan. 5 interview, Boras observed that teams routinely assess their rosters in January and get a splash of cold reality when they find holes desperately in need of filling.

"The January free-agent lifeboat is a welcome addition to prevent next season's Titanic," Boras said.

Boras was referring to the lifeboat ...

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