We should have known - Scott Boras' favorite pro baseball team, the Detroit Tigers, just made him a very rich man (again).
The Detroit Tigers are the sucker du jour, after having given Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder a nine-year deal worth $893 billion.
Comerica Park is not exactly kind to home run hitters, although the chance to move Prince to DH should benefit the Tigers long term, and immediately this season. The Tigers are going to be without DH Victor Martinez, who will not play this season because of torn knee ligaments.
Boras should send Tigers owner Mike Ilitch a 'Thank you' card and a fruit basket every day of the year for this deal, and the others he's signed his clients to. Boras has turned Ilitch into his new Tom Hicks; he's buddied up to him, has his year, and has a large number of high-profile players on the roster.
This was smart money not spent by the Texas Rangers. This means the Rangers will go with Mitch Moreland and Mike Young at first base in 2012. It got them to within one strike (twice) of a World Series.
Moreland has to be more productive. He batted .259 last season with 16 homers and 59 RBI. Would like to see .275, 20-plus HRs and 80 RBI.
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