Prince Fielder's salary starts at $23M
More from ESPN.com
In Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the Tigers now have best No. 3-4 hitters in the game, writes Jayson Stark. Story
By landing with the Detroit Tigers, slugger Prince Fielder got his big payday from an unexpected supplier, writes Jerry Crasnick. Story
Sure, Prince Fielder's contract is absurd, but does it matter? The Tigers landed one of baseball's top power hitters, writes David Schoenfield. Blog
Prince Fielder is a great short-term solution for the Tigers, but the last few years of this deal have the potential to get ugly, writes Keith Law. Blog
Eric Karabell explains why he now ranks Miguel Cabrera No. 1 overall in fantasy for 2012 following the Detroit Tigers' addition of Prince Fielder. Blog
Fielder will earn $23 million in each of his first two years with Detroit, then will make $24 million annually in the final seven seasons of his $214 million, nine-year contract, according to terms obtained by The Associated Press.
Pujols gets $12 million this year and $16 million in 2013, with the salary increasing to $23 million in 2014 and then rising $1 million annually.
Detroit announced the deal Thursday, and scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. ET.
Fielder would get an additional $500,000 if he's the AL MVP, $200,000 if he's second through fifth and $100,000 if he's sixth through 10th. For each MVP he wins after the first, he would get $1 million.
He also would get $100,000 if he's an All-Star starter and $50,000 if he's a reserve, or alternatively $100,000 if he's a Baseball America or Sporting News postseason All-Star. He also would receive $100,000 for a Gold Glove, $100,000 for a Silver Slugger, $100,000 for the Hank Aaron Award, $150,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $200,000 for World Series MVP.
In addition, he gets a hotel suite on the road.
Fielder made $15.7 million in his final season with the Brewers. He had a $15.5 million base salary and earned $100,000 for finishing third in NL MVP voting, $50,000 for starting the All-Star game and $50,000 for a Silver Slugger award.
This is the fourth $200 million contract in baseball history, following Alex Rodriguez's $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees, Rodriguez's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas and Pujols' agreement with the Angels.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Mag: Puig subjected to threats, civil lawsuit
- Dodgers' Ramirez leaves with hand injury
- Angels put OF Calhoun on DL, call up Boesch
- Teixeira to play in minors, could return Sunday
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
TIGERS, FIELDER AGREE TO DEAL
- Majestic Youth Replica Texas Rangers Prince Fielder #84 Alternate Red Jersey