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08:20 AM ET 01.25 | While Miguel Cabrera wasn't surprised, many were. So was his dad, former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder. "That just shocked me," Cecil Fielder told MLB Radio on SiriusXM. "I just landed in New York ... and I got that call -- that's crazy! He's going to come full circle. You know, he's been there in Detroit most of his young life, so I think he'll be comfortable in that place. ... I know Mr. (Mike) Ilitch is probably pretty excited, because he's been wanting that kid since he was a little kid, so he finally got his wish. I didn't even see Detroit in the picture. I didn't even see that happening with all the talk about the Nationals and Texas Rangers and Seattle. ... I never saw Detroit making a move like this."

Detroit Free Press

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January 25, 2012  08:33 AM ET

So much for all those predictions of a short term contract. Just because he wasn't signed early doesn't mean the interest wasn't always there. Never underestimate the desire of some team to make a cannonball splash. Prince made out like a Fat Cat, as could easily be expected. Borass and his clients win again

January 25, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I think Ilitch overrode Dombrowski on this one.

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January 25, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Let's see if Boras has any miracles left in the tank for Edwin Jackson.

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January 25, 2012  08:55 AM ET

600 LBS of DH/1B now. History shows a huge fall off for guys this size around age 33. So they'll get a good 5 years out of Prince. Is it a good move for Detroit? Yes for now, probably not on the back end.

January 25, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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A Bora$$ miracle is what it will take.

Morning Lou.

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January 25, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Morning Clem.KUGELN!!!!

Bacon?

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January 25, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Anytime, anywhere, with anything.

Perhaps we can get some of Moose's tomatoes.

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January 25, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Dont care what anyone says, his best option (if he was concerned about winning) was staying in Milwaukee.

Compared to an offer Milwaukee offered him last year, this deal is only 2 years more with an extra $14 million sprinked on. Seems like its a little bit of "he wanted out of Milwaukee" thing for some apparent reason.

January 25, 2012  09:33 AM ET

I'm still waiting for full disclosure on his contract. Curious to know if we'll hear about 'the out' in the contract that both sides have, after 5 or 6 years ;)

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January 25, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Now that he followed his dad steps...

 
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