Fielder’s choice is for money up front
Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:00 pm
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Fielder will start making the big bucks right away with the Detroit Tigers.
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.
That contrasts with Albert Pujols’ backloaded $240 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, agreed to last month.
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 planned to announce Fielder’s deal at a news conference today, a person familiar with the agreement said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Tigers have yet to confirm the contract.
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.
Fielder 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, A-Rod’s $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas and Pujols’ agreement with the Angels.
Among current players, Fielder’s $23.78 million average salary is behind only A-Rod ($27.5 million), Ryan Howard ($25 million), and Cliff Lee and Pujols ($24 million each). Published in The Messenger 1.26.12