Phillies: A case study of previous $200+million hitters

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TAMPA, FL - MARCH 4: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees waits in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 4: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees waits in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 24: Former Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder waves during a ceremony before a game against the Washington Nationals at Miller Park on July 24, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Prince Fielder

Before the 2012 season, Prince Fielder signed a mega-deal to play for the Detroit Tigers.

The contract: Nine years, $214 million

How it worked out: Fielder’s first year in Detroit went according to plan. He hit .313 with 30 home runs and 108 RBI.

More importantly, the Tigers made it to the World Series. They were swept by the Giants, but still had the playoff success they were looking for. In the 2012 playoffs, Fielder was decent in the first two series but hit just .071 in the World Series.

After the 2013 season, Fielder was traded to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler. In Texas, Fielder dealt with multiple injuries. He played in Texas for three years, but only played one full season. That season was 2015 when he was an All-Star and hit .305 with 23 home runs and 98 RBI.

In 2016, Fielder was forced to end his playing career after having surgery on his neck.

In the end, Fielder wasn’t worth the big bucks, but that may have been different if he could have stayed healthy.

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