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Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:56 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 3:02 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Considering he's by far the biggest free agent left unsigned, Prince Fielder's name has been -- and will continue to be -- mentioned all over the place in rumors. The latest comes courtesy of Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He reports that an "MLB official" says "word is spreading in the industry" that the Nationals are the favorite to land Fielder.

CBSSports.com's own Jon Heyman had previously reported that a Nationals player believes they are "shooting for" Fielder. And Monday, in response to the Haudricourt report, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times brings us the following: "According to team sources, the party line remains the same: Unless the price -- specifically in years -- drops, the Nationals are unlikely to be that landing spot."

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So what to believe?

Well, I'd say all of it. Here's why: The Nationals probably do want the price to drop, but are also interested in signing him if and when the price becomes right. Unless the Cubs or Rangers come out and blow away Prince and his agent, Scott Boras, what club is left to outbid the deep-pocketed Nationals (remember, they have the richest owner in baseball)? The Mariners or Orioles? Please. The Blue Jays? Maybe. If Fielder wants to go to the AL East and north of the border. Or he could join one of the most promising up-and-coming teams in baseball while staying in the NL.

So it seems as though the feeling that the Nationals will end up with Prince Fielder is very logical, and that's why they are continually speculated to be the frontrunner, even if management is telling all the local beat writers they aren't in on him. Just because they reportedly haven't offered him anything yet doesn't mean they won't.

Fielder, 27, hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs, 120 RBI and finished third in MVP voting last season. While many question his long-term durability due to him being rather large, he's played an average of 160 games per season since being up full-time. He hasn't played less than 157 in a season and appeared in all 162 last year.

If the Nationals did land Prince, watch out. He would join Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, Jayson Werth and Michael Morse on offense, while they all waited on big-time prospects Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper to join the party. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann anchor the rotation while Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard are the back-end of the bullpen. That's a lot of youth and talent.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

I said it before; I hope that transaction never happens. Prince Fielder’s price is not right for Nationals right now. Fielder could eliminate flexibility at multiple positions for the rest of the decade. Besides Fielder is a little risky, this guy had a similarly rotund father who hit 95 homers at ages 26-27 but never had a good year after 32. The Nats should spend the money a Center fielder instead.



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:34 am
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

He was apathetic with Milwaukee - at best.
You clearly didn't watch many Brewer games...He was a very good leader for the Brewers and always kept his team in the game mentally.  He always tried to spark a rally in the dugout when his team was down and when his team was up or made a big play he was the first guy to congratulate his teammates.  He may not show a lot of emotion with the interviews but he showed a lot on field.  To say he was apathetic, well, thats just untrue.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:34 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

If the Nats go in on Fielder, I would be surprised if it's for more than 5 years, even if the per year is equal to Pujols.  What's troubling about the courtship of Fielder is the Nats seem to be willing to let Zimmerman go when his deal expires.  Guess they're figuring on Rendon being ready by then.  Also, it will give them way to many Boras clients as Fielder would join Werth, Strasburg, Harper and Rendon. 



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:06 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

I have no idea whether Fielder will sign with the Nats or not but I do know that if it happened it would be bad for two reasons: 1.) it would be best if Fielder signed with an AL team and 2.) the Nats have a young team and Fielder should not be remotely confused with a veteran leader. He was apathetic with Milwaukee - at best.



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

I just don't think Fielder and Werth are the right veteran guys for a young team.  Also (and this is coming from a Yanks fan) 3 or 4 years down the line, when guys like Zimmerman (x2), Strausberg, Harper, Gio and Storen are looking for extensions, Fielder and Werth (who isn't really that good at all) will still be making 20 million a year, and those young home grown foundational pieces are gonna use Fielder and Werth as measuring sticks for salaries they believe they are entitled to (relitive to their positions, obviously).  If the NATS pay them all, we are talking a payroll equal to that of the Yanks and Bo Sox. 

Nats should build around their core young guys with hard nosed overachieving ball players.    If those young guys blossom, then sign guys to complement them.   




Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

I just don't think Fielder and Werth are the right veteran guys for a young team.  Also (and this is coming from a Yanks fan) 3 or 4 years down the line, when guys like Zimmerman (x2), Strausberg, Harper, Gio and Storen are looking for extensions, Fielder and Werth (who isn't really that good at all) will still be making 20 million a year, and those young home grown foundational pieces are gonna use Fielder and Werth as measuring sticks for salaries they believe they are entitled to (relitive to their positions, obviously).  If the NATS pay them all, we are talking a payroll equal to that of the Yanks and Bo Sox. 

Nats should build around their core young guys with hard nosed overachieving ball players.    If those young guys blossom, then sign guys to complement them.   




Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

I agree with you completely.  The thought of signing Fielder sounds appealing on the surface; he is still young and brings a great stick to the line up and would be a great headline signing as well.  However, building an organization takes a long view approach and the way Morse played last year, the up and coming talent, and don't forget that Adam LaRoche is under contract for 2012 as well, the Nats needs (a lead off hitter, CF) has greater needs elsewhere.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

I like Fielder, but I always felt that he was overrated.  Give me Lance Berkman, at a-third of the price --then I have power, batting average, defense, and versitility; all rolled into one .  What is in a name?  Answer that question, and I think you'd sum-it-up.  --His father was a great player, and maybe he gets more credit than he deserves, because of that (that's how I feel, anyhow).   He is a very good hitter --don't get me wrong.  It's just that he's very streaky; and not really in the category of an Albert Pujols, even though he is often given that kind of hype, and credit.  ---The Cardinals will be fine, with Berkman in that position, and the Brewers will need to find a fill-in; yet it will not be as difficult as people may think. 

C'mon guys, are we being serious here or what?  Maybe Fielder isn't worth the money he's going to get, heck I don't think any of these athletes are worth the crazy guaranteed deals they are signing.   But to compare Fielder to Berkman is just crazy..... what is he, 8 years older for God sakes?  Berkman had a nice season last year but he hasn't had 100 rbi's in 3 or 4 years and probably likely to drop off starting like right now !    Fielder on the other hand had a great season and 100 or more rbi in 4 of his last 5 seasons.....

And please don't create an argument that doesn't exist anywhere on these boards, nobody with a brain has even once put Prince Fielder in the same category as Albert Pujols.  And no, Fielder doesn't get the Pujols "hype" either....  of course superstar hitters like Fielder are going to get a lot of press until somebody signs them, but I think his numbers warrant that kind of "hype".

Is he worth 220 million over 9 or 10 years?  Probably not...  and he's probably not going to get that either.  Only one team offered Pujols 250 million,  the rest were in the 220 area.  Fielder won't get that kind of money... he'll get enough for 10 generations to live off of, but nowhere near Pujols money. 


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Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:41 am
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Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:12 am
 

Prince Fielder-to-Nationals rumors won't go away

Why would the Nats want to sign a $22M player like Fielder when they already have a very good young 1B in Morse making 1/20 of what Borass and Fielder want?  All Morse did was hit .303 with 31HRs and drive in 90+ runs. He can play a corner outfield spot, but he is not a good outfielder and they have Harper coming up very soon who is also a corner outfielder. With Werth making $20M he is untradeable so RF is also taken. The Nats would be far better off going after a good CF and some pitching than invest 9-10years and $220M for Fielder.


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