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Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:48 pm
By Matt Snyder

One of the hottest names on the free agent market is slugging first baseman Prince Fielder, who is fresh off finishing third place in NL MVP voting. Let's take a look at the latest rumors concerning the robust lefty.

• The Nationals are in serious pursuit of Fielder, though talks hit a roadblock Monday, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. This is a contradiction to several previous reports that indicated the Nationals were only looking to upgrade starting pitching and center field. They can play Mike Morse at first base, but he could also fit in left field. Rosenthal also reports that Cuban import Yoennis Cespedes is a "Plan B" option for the Nats.

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• In addition to the Nationals, the Cubs, Rangers and Mariners are believed to be suitors for Fielder, Jon Paul Morosi of reports.

Jon Heyman of reports that the Rangers chances of going large for Fielder are pretty slim.

We've also heard several times that the Cubs aren't expected to spend a ton of money in free agency, but then they keep being connected to big names. Is that the work of Scott Boras floating talk to reporters, hoping that if other teams hear a "deep pockets" team is interested it increases the offer to Fielder? That remains to be seen. But if the Cubs are out, the Rangers aren't willing to go nine figures (as Heyman reported) and the Nationals really want Fielder, that would seem to be the most likely destination at this point. They could outspend the Mariners. But it's a long offseason and the Winter Meetings start next week. Stay tuned.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:27 am

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

torresterrors: I agree wholeheartedly.
homelandefender I agree with you as well. You bring up a point I had not thought of. Miller Park is definitely hitter friendly and Prince would be harder pressed to keep his production up in other stadiums.Not impossible cause the dude has power. I think Texas would make the most sense outside of Milwaukee and why they aren't stepping up with the checkbook I don't understand but I trust Nolan Ryan do the right thing he has a baseball mind and everything he has done so far has seemed to work out.

(Side note not completely related) Prince has got to be the biggest vegetarian ever, lol.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:23 pm

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

As I have said dozens of times, Casey Kotchman should be his replacement. He brings a defensive posture as 1st basse that this team hasn't seen since Cecil Cooper. Does he hit homeruns?, No. Does he save runs by only giving up 3 outs  per inning? YES!!!!.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:42 pm

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

One of the best pitching parks in earn a HR there. Fielder will lose at least 10hr's and 20 rbis in that park.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:00 pm

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

What is YOUR argument for stating that the NATS ARE an enticing destination for these free agents (like Fielder), other than the money?
Wasn't making it a point about being something other than money. You're implying that the Nats are trying to sell promise over dollar bills. That is not the case. The Nats, on paper, are an up an coming team and are willing to pay top dollar. That puts them in the mix.
You could make the same argument about the Phillies, Cards or Braves.  If the Phils lose Halladay, where does that leave them?  We'll see what happens to the Cards if Pujols leaves town.  You can make an argument that any team can run into problems (hello Boston). However, you can't deny that the Nats have potential and I think that will be attractive to a lot of free agents, especially since they appear to be willing to pony up the cash.  

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:24 pm

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

JeffSmoker: 80-81 is not good enough to convince young top-tier free agents that the Nats can contend virtually every year.  What is YOUR argument for stating that the NATS ARE an enticing destination for these free agents (like Fielder), other than the money?  Poised to take the next step is no guarantee that they WILL take the next step.  Strasburg could have recurring arm problems.  Bryce Hyper might never live up the the hype.

Being there and might be there are VERY different things.  I applaud the NATS for a "successful" season but they have a ways to go to become a threat for the division title year in and year out.  They are not the Phillies, Cardinals, or Braves with a long-standing reputation for success.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:31 pm

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

The Nationals are still not good enough to sign YOUNG & productive free agents.
That just make no sense.  The Nats finished 1 game under .500 and have a lot of young talent already that Fielder would fit right in with.  Not to mention a full year under Davey Johnson.  The Nats are poised to take the next step, which is to compete for a playoff spot and maybe even the division.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:55 am

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

I don't think this is Fielder's only chance to sign for MONEY.  He is young enough (going on 28) that if he stays healthy and productive he will have another shot at a lucrative free agent deal.  He should play for a team that will pay him fair value and has a great chance at winning it all.  Of the teams that have been mentioned that would be the Rangers or the Brewers.  If the Brewers don't believe that Fielder is willing to leave and that another team is willing to pay him $25 million per year for 5 years or more then they won't offer him much.  I believe that Fielder WANTS to stay with the Brewers but he wants the respect of being paid like one of the top players in the game.

I don't see why he should be paid so much considering his weight issues, which affect his running and fielding.  But at his age his bat should be productive for about 5 years minimum.  With recent signings gone sour (Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn) teams are hesitant to sign big bats ( one or two tool players) to long term deals.  Fielder and his agent are just trying to squeeze as many dollars out of the Brewers because baseball is a business.  Players should get their slice of the pie.  Who's being greedy?  They're all greedy!!  Now let's put that aside and we see that it is in the best interest of both sides for the Brewers and Prince Fielder to come to an agreement on a 4 year deal with player option for the 5th year.  They should give him a $5 million signing bonus and pay him an average of $24.9 million a year.  The deal should be structured like Kemp's deal.  The first two years at a "bargain" of about $22 million per year.  The next two years at about $24.25 per year.  And the last year (the option year) at around $27 million. 

This is a TON  of money but if Fielder continues to produce as he has so far he will help the Brewers win games, division titles and maybe even a World Series title or two.  The team will win games and make 2 TONS of money!  Fans like to watch good games played by great and exciting players.  Players like to play baseball, win games and feel appreciated (get paid).  And teams like to win games, divisions, titles because winning translate into PROFITS!  Very few teams can turn a profit without winning.  But it's bad for baseball and fans hate when teams play only to "compete" and make a profit.

The Nationals are still not good enough to sign YOUNG & productive free agents.  Jason Werth was 31 going on 32 last off-season.  That was his LAST chance to make serious money.  If he had taken less to sign with a legitimate contender he would have given up maybe $10 million or more overall.  Who in their right mind would give up that kind of money just to sign with a better team?!  I'm not saying that young free agents never sign with rebuilding teams but it doesn't make too much sense to do that.  The Nationals are on the rise but I don't think they thought that Werth would make them title contenders.  Maybe Fielder would.  But Fielder has more to lose by signing with the Nationals than the Nationals have to lose.  The Nationals have to show their fans and other players that they are serious about becoming a perennial winner and that DC is a good option for future free agents.

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:52 am

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

Not trying to be down on the Nat's but they won't be in contention for their division even with Prince for a few years ( see Phillies)
The Phillies are not getting any younger.  With the Marlins apparently willing to open the purse strings (for now) and the Braves always being in the mix, the NL East is about to get really good.

The Nats are working toward 2013.  Strasburg will be on an innings limit next year (ala Zimmermann) but will be good to go in '13. You'll probably see Harper in '13 as well.  If they add Prince this off-seaon, they can look at adding to the rotation next off-season and be ready to compete.

Fielder gives them a legitimate power bat in the middle of the lineup.  Only thing is, with his money plus Werth, does that make it tougher to keep Ryan Zimmerman when he's a free agent after the 2013 season?  Not sure it does.  Zimm is definitely the face of the franchise and he'd be even more productive with Prince hitting behind him.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:06 am
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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:53 am

Catching up on Prince Fielder rumors

They ALL say it's not for the money...yet they MOST leave for bigger and better money.  I don't get it,  no one's worth 3-8 million a year no matter what they do,  especially if it's what they love to do.  The garbage man, sewer rats, teachers,  bridge bilders, fireman,  police men...those are the people that should be making millions...not some sports.  it's about the only job on earth that people say they are blessed to do and enjoy,  yet they are all a bunch of greedy theives.

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