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Matt Slocum, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder smiles during batting practice before Game 4 of baseball's National League championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, in St. Louis. A person familiar with the negotiations says Fielder and the Detroit Tigers are nearing agreement on a nine-year contract worth about $200 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, because talks are ongoing.

NEW YORK — 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 $214 million, nine-year contract, according to contract terms obtained by The Associated Press.

That contrasts with Albert Pujols' backloaded $240 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, agreed to last month.

Detroit planned to announce the 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.