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Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:59 pm
There's been a lot of discussion and debate lately about whether the improving Washington Nationals are one of the teams trying to sign free agent slugger Prince Fielder.

And while there's still nothing definitive on the subject, one Nats player told me Thursday, "We're in the market. We're still shooting for him.''

People can scoff at the validity of a player as a source, but this player did not hesitate and sure seemed to know what he was talking about. But who can be sure?

This has surely been a fairly mysterious market to this point. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, who just bolstered the rotation with the addition of young lefthader Gio Gonzalez, downplayed the Fielder chances in an interview Wednesday on MLB Network Radio, saying Adam LaRoche would be their first baseman barring something "extrordinary.''

To be precise, Rizzo said, "We've more or less decided Adam is going to be out first baseman unless something extraordinary, out of the ordinary, happens.'' LaRoche is to make $8 million in 2012 (plus he has a $1 million buyout on his 2013 salary).

If Rizzo is merely downplaying their genuine interest in Fielder as a way not to get fans' hopes up, he wouldn't be the first GM to do that. The Nationals have been considered among about eight teams -- the Rangers, Orioles, Mariners, Marlins, Cubs, Blue Jays and Brewers being the others -- to have some level of interest in the 27-year-old first baseman.

Fielder recently went on a tour of some of the interested teams, flying to a few points around the country. But it isn't known what teams, including the Nationals, were on the tour. Or whether a team that wasn't on the tour might jump into the mix.


Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:48 pm

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

kirkydu, not sure who you're talking about on your comment about a dumb post.  If you're referring to mine, show me where I am wrong.  It seems to me that all of my remarks are spot on; if they're not please enlighten me on your wisdom instead of just saying "it's dumb".

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:31 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

Shping. Don't let the truth get in the way of the facts . Ryan Braun CHOSE to sit on the bench .PERIOD. The manager said it was Braun's choice. He took a beating on talk radio the next day. Braun had a 2% point lead prior to that game. Reyes's team was playing for NOTHING. I appreaciate that you are a fan but the truth speaks. As for the trade talk... I can see where Braun won't want to come back here. THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE IS A CHEATER nice by-line. With Braun missing 50 games and Fielder gone we will be 18-32 and we don't deserve that. Not at  $50-100 a ticket.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:11 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

Sorry pal. Braun chose to sit on  the bench the last mon. of the season. Game # 160 . He came in to pinch hit in the 6th inning. Prior to the game he held a 2 point lead over Reyes . The manager gave him the option of starting or sitting but told him he would have to be ready to PH if he is needed. This was announced during the live broadcast. My point is he choose to sit while his teamates were trying to win HFA. He also took a beating on talk radio the next day for it. Don't be so sure about the Milw. fans. We love winners. And we love guys who give 100% . If the Brewers were to continue winning all might be forgotten. If Braun gets a 50 game suspension and Fielder is gone... MILLER PARK will be a ghost town.  As for REYES.. He pulled himself out of game 162 after his first at bat. his TEAMMATES WERE PLAYING FOR nothing . Had the Brewers locked up HFA I couldn't care less if Braun sat. I personally don't want THE FACE OF THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS to be a cheater. FIELDER IS A CLASS ACT.

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 5:32 pm

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

Uhh, Verg, please get a clue.

Regarding the batting title race, it was Reyes who was leading and then, un-Williams-like, chose to skip parts of games in order to "clinch" it.  Braun was out there swinging away, delivering some very clutch hits that last week.

And as for your Braun/Fielder trading comments, ha ha ha ha, almost too ridiculous to comment on. First, never happen; second, you clearly have no idea how steadfast and loyal Wisconsin fans usually are with their suppost, as long as it isnt some a$$ like Gary Sheffield.  Braun will be cherished there for a long time, and most Milw fans will also wish Prince well (unless he goes to the hated Cubs).

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:51 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

gio gonzalez
ching wang or liv. hernandez
potentially the best starting 5 in baseball.with last years young 25 y.o.'s going to bullpen in their prime.
don't laugh:
they could win natinal league next year
80-81 kast year. gonzalez +6wins,strassburg +6 wins=93 wins 

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:48 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

Braunie chose to sit on the bench..Game #160 . With home field  on the line. Home field means a lot not only for the team but for the city and the fans. He chose to sit because he had a 2 point lead over Reyes at the time. He is a selfish little pr....I believe he took PED's and I hope he leaves. Fielder is a real team player. How would you like to be on the field , fighting for home field adv. and your  $100 mil. player is on the bench because HE wants to win the batting title. The manager said it was the players choice. And oh yea the manager should go too.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:37 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

That is a ridiculous statement.....period. Milwaukee fans love Ryan Braun and see him as another potential Robin Yount. Braunie is the face of the franchise. Milwaukee fans are forgiving fans as they've been for years with the team itself.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:04 pm

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

lol, I vote for that post as "dumbest post of the year" congrats on your webbie.

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:37 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

Adding Fielder would make Nats tough but I can't see it happening.  For one, I think Fielder will want to sign a long term contract with an AL team in which he can DH toward the end of the contract, kind of like how Pujols decided. 

Although Fielder would make the Nats better right now, it might be a little short-sighted to sign him.  They have a lot of young stars in Ryan Zimmerman, Strasburg, Harper, Storen, and Ramos whose contracts will eventually be up and they will have to pay them or rilsk losing them.  Do they really want to be committed to paying an aging Werth and Fielder when they would rather lock up those other young players for the long term?

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:00 am

Nats player: We are "shooting for" Prince

The Brewers are waiting for the Braun deal to become final. They will trade Braun and keep Fielder. Braun would never survive the Milw. crowd. He will go to a west coast team. Believe me the fans in Milw will turn on him fast when they are 18-32 , and he knows it.

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