First baseman Prince Fielder apparently has signed a nine-year contract with the Detroit Tigers worth a reported $214 million.

Detroit isn’t exactly a huge market, especially with the way the economy has gone downhill in that neck of the woods. But the Tigers somehow have the cash to maintain the team as a viable playoff contender.

Pittsburgh isn’t exactly a huge market, either, as we’re constantly reminded. So there was no way the Pirates were in the running for Fielder, or apparently anyone who wanted more than $5 million to play in 2012.

Speaking of which, here’s what sundry Pirates are scheduled to earn this season, according to

  • Clint Barmes – $5,000,000
  • Erik Bedard – $4,500,000
  • Joel Hanrahan – $4,100,000
  • Kevin Correia – $4,000,000
  • Rod Barajas – $4,000,000
  • Jeff Karstens – $3,100,000
  • Casey McGehee – $2,350,000
  • Charlie Morton – $2,445,000
  • Garrett Jones – $2,250,000
  • Nate McLouth – $1,750,000
  • Jason Grilli – $1,100,000
  • Evan Meek – $875,000
  • Chris Resop – $850,000
  • Jose Tabata – $750,000
  • Pedro Alvarez – $700,000
  • Andrew McCutchen – $480,000
  • James McDonald – $480,000
  • Neil Walker – $480,000

OK, let’s stop there. Look at the three guys making $480,000 apiece. All of them are arbitration-eligible after the 2012 season. And if McCutchen and Walker play anything like their capabilities suggest, they’ll want a heck of a lot more cash. Not Prince Fielder-type money, but something to catapult them into Barajas-Correia territory.

Will the Pirates pay up?

Hey, if Clint Barmes makes more than anyone else on the team, anything’s possible.

  1. Reese says:

    What’s the deal with a Detroit player getting that kind of money? If every citizen, still residing in that city showed up for every regular season game, it wouldn’t total that much money. Are there still people living in Detroit? Why can’t feature writers make that kind of money. At least we have an audience.