The thought of Prince Fielder leaving the Brewers after this season via free agency is certainly secondary at this point in time, as the Brewers square off against the Cardinals in the NLCS. But when the Brewers season does eventually end, all the focus will shift to Fielder's status. And it's very likely the Brewers just don't have enough money to keep him. But that doesn't mean they're out of options. It's entirely possible the Brewers could afford Jose Reyes, and star left fielder Ryan Braun believes he's the more likely target.
"I think there's a better chance we sign [Reyes] than we re-sign Prince," Braun said (New York Post).
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"[Reyes] is dynamic, man -- he is one of the most exciting players in the game," Braun said (New York Post). "He plays with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion and I enjoy watching him play. He's one of my favorite players to watch. Whenever their games are on, I love watching him, man. He always plays the game the right way. He always plays hard. He runs everything out."
Now, Braun isn't the GM, so this is merely him thinking out loud, but it makes a ton of sense. Yuniesky Betancourt is currently playing shortstop for the Brewers and he can be bought up for $2 million after this season. While Corey Hart has had a good season in the leadoff spot, he's not exactly the prototypical leadoff hitter. If Fielder walks and the Brewers ink Reyes, the top of the order could look something like: Reyes, Hart, Braun, Rickie Weeks. That's a lot of speed and power, and it would certainly help fill the void left by Fielder.
But, again, this is all idle speculation for the time being. Now go enjoy Game 1 of the NLCS.
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