Raise your hand if you picked the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder‘s eventual landing spot for 2012 and beyond.
Detroit reportedly agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the 27-year-old slugger. The average annual value of the deal is $23.8 million, though I wouldn’t be shocked if it was backloaded. Fielder certainly makes up for the loss of Victor Martinez and should help the Detroit offense for the next few years, but I have to wonder if they committed too many dollars and too many years.
Meanwhile, in Mets land, Sandy Alderson got us a new player to talk about – 16-year-old Venezuelan lefthander Adrián Almeid. (I think it will be a few years before Mr. Almeid will be very interesting, if he ever is as a baseball player.)
SNY producer/blogger Ted Berg projects the 2012 Mets could win 94 games if everything breaks perfectly. So I guess it’s a bit too early to give up all hope on the season, even though the odds are heavily weighted against the Mets.
We’re 26 days away from the official beginning of spring training for the New York Mets… and the cry of “Play Ball!” will be coming soon after that.