We don't know all the details of Prince Fielder's nine-year contract with Detroit -- specifically, if there's an option for him to opt out at any point -- but there are a few truths about the deal that apply to the White Sox.
1. Hit the ball to third base: The general consensus seems to be that Jim Leyland will have to move Miguel Cabrera to third base to accommodate Fielder. This is a good thing. Cabrera was the Marlins' everyday third baseman in 2006 and 2007 and also picked up some innings there in 2003, 2005 and 2008. Over those 3,273 23 innings spent at the hot corner, Cabrera has a -30 DRS and -11 UZR, so he wasn't a very good third baseman before he bulked up. Chances are he'll be a defensive liability, even moreso than he was at first base.
2. That's not a fun middle: While Detroit may not have much hitting in front of the middle of their lineup (Austin Jackson? A regression-prone Jhonny Peralta? Ramon Santiago?)...my god, that middle of the lineup is just scary. Cabrera and Fielder are in their primes, and even if Alex Avila regresses, he'll probably be an above-average bat. Brennan Boesch is a solid bat as well, so 3-6 Detroit is set. If Delmon Young can re-capture his 2010 form and Peralta doesn't regress (two big ifs), this lineup will be nightmarish.
3. This sets Detroit up for long-term division domination...probably: The Tigers were the division favorites before and after the injury to Victor Martinez, and now, they're even bigger favorites with Fielder. Looking forward, they'll get Martinez back for 2013 and 2014 and they have a pitching staff that's under control for the next few years. But weird things happen -- remember when Detroit traded for Cabrera and was supposed to be unstoppable in 2008? The Tigers finished last that year with a 74-88 record. it was a one-year blip, sure, but Detroit won't win nine consecutive division titles.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox have lined up their first three starting pitchers of the spring starting with Carson Fulmer on Saturday afternoon.
The team's 2015 first-round draft pick received the nod as the White Sox open their exhibition schedule against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CST.
Jose Quintana pitches Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies while Lucas Giolito is set to start at the Cubs on Monday. Fulmer — who went 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings in 2016 — likened the start to pitching against the Dodgers in a night game last spring in front of a sellout crowd at Camelback Ranch.
"I'm definitely honored," Fulmer said. "It's great. I feel like the coaching staff here stresses that in order to be a good player, you have to put yourself in situations that you are uncomfortable with. I'm not saying I'm uncomfortable with it but it was definitely a unique situation where I can go out there and help us win. So, spring training and the season, our goal is to win and I feel like with the coaching staff putting us young guys in that situation, I think it's going to benefit us."
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Fulmer is also excited to face his counterpart Saturday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
"That's awesome," Fulmer said. "I've been watching him pitch since I was a little kid. I'm definitely pumped to see him out there. It's going to be awesome.
"He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. I mean, he's a pitcher that you look up to and for me, it's going to be awesome. I hopefully can keep the scorecard or something."
The White Sox also announced Friday they have signed 25 players to one-year contracts, including Fulmer. Carlos Rodon's one-year deal for $600,000 is the highest of the bunch.
With the news that the White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle's jersey this summer, we replay Chuck Garfien's 2011 interview with Buehrle who recalls all the big moments of his White Sox career: the perfect game, no-hitter, World Series save, his first and only home run, sliding on the tarp during rain delays and much, much more.
Also, John Buehrle (Mark's dad) joins Chuck and Ryan McGuffey to talk about the jersey retirement and Buehrle's White Sox career. Chuck and Ryan also share their favorite Buehrle stories.
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