Avert your eyes, NatsTown. While the Nats were announcing the signing of Brad Lidge to a one year deal, the Tigers were welcoming Prince Fielder to Detroit for the next nine.
We're still in shock over what Scott Boras convinced Mike Illitch to do...especially since Illitch probably didn't need to go a day over 7 years because he didn't require the trap doors and vesting options Ted Lerner wanted for a deal beyond 5 (at last, that's what a person who knows stuff and is usually right tells us). Did Boras tell Illitch there was an 8 year deal on the table? We're convinced of it: no matter what Mike Rizzo says about the Nats dropping out, if not for an injury to V-Mart, that photo above would have been Boras, Prince, Rizzo, and Lerner, and we'd be welcoming the big guy to Washington for the next ~5 years. And from what we're hearing, Lerner was willing to go big money - somewhere between 24 and 25 million per year. Time to put the "Lerner is cheap" thing to bed once and for all.