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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.

DETROIT — Prince Fielder has been introduced by the Detroit Tigers, a team desperate to win its first World Series title since 1984.

Fielder appeared at a news conference at Comerica Park on Thursday after finalizing a $214 million, nine-year contract, the fourth-largest deal in baseball history.

The big first baseman will combine with Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers perhaps the most formidable Nos. 3-4 hitters in the major leagues. But with Cabrera shifting to third, it also will give Detroit a potentially troublesome defense at the infield corners.

Fielder was seated at a dais along with owner Mike Illitch, manager Jim Leyland, GM Dave Dombrowski and agent Scott Boras.

Dombrowski called it "a very exciting time for this city" as Fielder was given his Tigers jersey.