From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
"The Dodgers' attempt at Fielder, with a high annual salary on the four years Fielder was guaranteed to be a Dodger and the always favorable player opt out, is believed to have put them among the final three teams in on Fielder..."I kind of wish I didn't know that.
The details -- as limited as they are right now -- had the Dodgers paying Fielder $26 million for the first four years and "in the low $20-million range" for the last three years. There was also an opt-out clause in the contract.
I, and others, have written about Fielder to the Dodgers before he signed with the Tigers this week. It made sense. But in the end, it's hard to blame him for not taking a 7-year, $160ish million deal instead of a 9-year, $214 million deal.
This is, most likely, the last time I'll write about him in detail. Good luck to him in Detroit. It's too bad Victor Martinez had to go and tear his ACL. The Dodgers will enter the season with James Loney at first base, which was to be expected all along.