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Lincecum, Fielder agree to new contracts

Jan. 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM   |   Comments

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and free agent slugger Prince Fielder each agreed to new deals Tuesday, reports indicated.

Lincecum has verbally agreed to a new, 2-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, MLB.com reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

Lincecum, victimized by the Giants' light-hitting offense last season, will earn $40.5 million from the team as well as a $500,000 signing bonus, thereby avoiding arbitration, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

The 27-year-old hurler managed only a 13-14 record last season while backed the second-worst offense in major league baseball -- only Seattle scored fewer than the Giants last season (556). But he posted a sterling 2.74 ERA while striking out 220 over 217 innings.

Ex-Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Fielder, meanwhile, has agreed in principle to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, baseball sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The 27-year-old has pounded 230 home runs and driven in 656 runs over six major-league seasons, all with the Brewers. He also hit for average last season, batting 299 with 38 homers and 120 RBI.

In signing with the Tigers, he follows in the footsteps of his father, Cecil, who played for Detroit from 1990-96.

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