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AP source: Fielder and Tigers agree on 9-year deal
And to think, the Tigers also have the American League’s reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner _ right-hander Justin Verlander.
Fielder’s deal is only 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 Albert Pujols’ $240 million, 10-year contract last month with the Los Angeles 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).
Third baseman Brandon Inge has one year left on a two-year, $11.5 million deal with Detroit.
AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum in New York and Larry Lage in Detroit contributed to this report.
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