Fielder's deal with Tigers pays big money up-front
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 nine-year, $214 million contract, according to terms obtained by The Associated Press.
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 Thursday, 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. He 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 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees, A-Rod's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas and Pujols' agreement with the Angels.
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