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Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:25 am
 
Fielder

By Evan Brunell

Cross out the Nationals as a destination for Prince Fielder, a source in the Nationals organization tells Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

It's not every day that a team would turn down Fielder, but the Nationals have two first basemen under contract -- Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse. LaRoche is done for the year due to injury, but hit a disappointing .172/.288/.258 in 43 games before going down. All due respect to LaRoche, but the $8 million on his 2012 contract shouldn't preclude Washington from going after Fielder as it would be a clear upgrade. No, where the catch comes is Morse, who is currently the first baseman in LaRoche's absence.

After tantalizing Washington the last two years with his potential to break out, the 29-year-old has done so in style with a .317/.373/.550 mark this season with 21 taters in 440 plate appearances. By the time the season ends, he will have doubled (or come close to it) his previous career high in plate appearances. Morse will move back to left field to make room for LaRoche, and he's the real reason why the Nats may not need to go after Fielder. If LaRoche fails, the team simply moves Morse to first base.

But why not just keep Morse in left permanently and sign Fielder? If it's the best upgrade the team can make, it's one that it should pursue. Thing is, it may not be the best upgrade the team can make; the depth at first guarantees that. What the Nationals really need are a center fielder and leadoff hitter, which isn't mutually exclusive. Washington had been chasing Denard Span of the Twins, B.J. Upton of the Rays and Michael Bourn of the Braves, formerly of the Astros. However, GM Mike Rizzo balked at the price, so no move was made. Things could change in the offseason, and if and when it does, it will cost a good package of young players. In that case, the Nats may elect to hang onto its draft picks that it would have to cough up in any Fielder signing in order to replenish the system after the trade.

Assuming Washington truly isn't going to go after Fielder (and I don't buy that), it dwindles Fielder's market even lower to the point one has to seriously consider if Fielder could head back to Milwaukee. All but one team currently with a payroll over 100 million (in order from highest to lowest: Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Angels, Mets, Cubs, White Sox, Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Dodgers, Tigers) won't make a run for various reasons. The Cubs could make a go of it, but that would be a bold step for an incoming GM to make for a team that needs a lot more than Fielder to become competitive again. Other than that, the other teams either have financial issues or are blocked at first base. The only team in which Fielder makes sense are the Angels, and as we've seen over the last few years, Los Angeles' decisions when it comes to free agency are curious, and it's no sure thing it will pony up for Fielder.

So, suddenly, Fielder's next-biggest suitors are in a payroll bracket that Milwaukee might be able to contend with. Fielder previously turned down a five-year, $100 million contract to stay in Milwaukee. If that was within Milwaukee's budget, then any eventual deal with Fielder could be right in the Brewers' wheelhouse. Fielder has long been considered a goner for quite some time, but his future in town is far from certain.
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:56 am
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:48 am
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

Seattle Mariners? Hell no, they just got Smoak last year. He will end up a Texas Ranger, they have a void at first base and money to spend, write it down.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:09 am
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

OK so Prince is in the majors for six years and averages about 150 games, 90 runs, 130 hits, 36 dingers, 105 RBIS, and abour a 282 average per year.  He is still under contract, 29 years old, and we've been hearing about his Mil. departure for two years now.  He's already turned down $100mil for five years, his list of teams is dwindling fast, and the years not even done with.  He'll wind up with the Brewers again, they have the makings of a playoff team for the forseeable future, fan support is great and unless he does something stupid like signing with the Cubs for Werth money and wasting away in the Cub basement this is the last we should hear of this.  How BAD is the sports world when a 28 year old player turns down $100mil for five years when he'll get at least one more big payday, if he lives up to his past.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:42 am
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

Don't go Prince, Don't go!!!!



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

how much do u need to survive Tubby?  100 million will buy alot of sweets



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

wow....what a statement! Weird stuff dude!



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

As a fellow Packer Backer, I am inclined to like you but I don't get the hating on Prince.  The dude has been mashing all year and with the exception of last year, has been VERY productive for Milwaukee. They would honestly be foolish to let him get away.  Love it if my adopted Nats could get him but kinda hope he stays in Sconi. My nieces favorite player...



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Report: Nationals not interested in Fielder

There's a LOT of buzz in the NW that Seattle is going to make a push for Fielder...  Seattle GM Jack Z drafted Fielder in Milwaukee, wants desperately to help our struggling offense, and the M's have roughly $30 million freeing up in the offseason.  Seems like a big chunk of change to bite off, but to put it in proper context, Ichiro's $17 million a year contract expires after 2012...  With some good young talent to take over in the outfield, it would be the equivalent of signing Fielder for $5-7 million, assuming a $22-24 million a year contract...  Bottomline- Mariners have history with him, have the $$$'s, and have a serious need for a cleanup hitter, to add some better run support to their unusually strong rotation.  "Check, check, check..."  Git 'er done!


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