Prince Fielder introduced by Detroit Tigers

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“I’m not a vegetarian,” he said. “I was, for like three months.”

Fielder’s contract includes a limited no-trade provision. He can be traded to 10 clubs without his consent before 2017, when he gains rights to block all trades under baseball’s labor contract as a 10-year veteran who has been with a team for at least five years.

He 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 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.

The move carries plenty of risk for the Tigers. Fielder is 27 and has been extremely durable during his career, but Detroit is committing to him for almost a decade.

“I go by my instinct, like everybody else does,” said owner Mike Ilitch, who signed off on the massive deal after what had been a quiet offseason for the Tigers. “My instincts told me that this is going to work out fine.”

The next big step will be Cabrera‘s. He’s returning to a position he played while with the Florida Marlins, but he’s played only 14 games at third base with the Tigers _ all in 2008 right after he joined the team.

Fielder made 15 errors last year, the most in baseball by a first baseman.

“Mr. Ilitch and Dave have given me a lot of nice pieces to this puzzle. It’s my job, along with coaches, to figure out how to put that puzzle all together,” Leyland said. “(Cabrera) is not going to have the agility, most likely, defensively that Brandon Inge had. You give up a little something, but you get a whole lot in return.”

Leyland said he talked to Inge, who lost his job as Detroit’s everyday third baseman last season.

“He’s not the happiest camper,” Leyland said. “He certainly understands.”

Dombrowski indicated he’s satisfied with his roster heading into spring training, although it’s hard to rule out any more moves after the Tigers shockingly emerged with Fielder.

The pitching rotation is anchored by Verlander, who won the Cy Young Award and MVP last year, but Detroit’s fifth starter spot is still uncertain. Dombrowski said the Tigers could bring in some non-roster invites to compete for that job.

“I think positional player-wise, we’re pretty well set,” he said.

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