Everyone laughed at C.C. Sabathia's opt-out clause in his seven-year deal, but in three years he turned that clause into even more money. Could Prince Fielder follow the same path with his reported contract with the Tigers? Buster Olney said maybe:
Let's wait for the fine print before assessing the Fielder deal. Key question is if/when Fielder can opt out? One year? Two?
Jayson Stark quoted a GM who was pretty sure:
One GM predicts length of Fielder's deal (9 years) will turn out to be irrelevant: "He'll have opted out by then anyway. Probably twice."
He might have even opted back in just to opt out again. Boras and all. But Jim Bowden claims to know the real answer:
Confirmed Prince Fielder has NO OPT OUT....9 yrs $214m
Prince Fielder will be with the Tigers until 2020. Unless he's just so good that Detroit will get all sorts of trade offers, or unless the Tigers eat tens of millions of dollars at some point, Prince Fielder ain't going anywhere. He'll be there for a long, long time.
Jamie Moyer will be 58 when the contract expires, for example. That might or might not be a surprising factoid depending on what you actually thought Moyer's age already was.