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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: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:55 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:45 am
 

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

what club is left to outbid the deep-pocketed Nationals (remember, they have the richest owner in baseball)? The or ? Please.

Wow, do much research lately?  Nationals are worried about having three $20 million guys on their payroll (if/when Zimmerman extends/resigns)... Smart on their part.  Mariners?  Ichiro's $18 million a year comes off the books in 2013, no one but Felix is signed after '14 for big money, and they renegotiate their tv rights in 2015.  This on top of ALREADY having money to spend this year, and next.

But you think the Mariners CAN'T afford to keep up with Washington to get Fielder? To quote yourself... "Please."

I can't believe now TWO writers here at CBS are using a player as a source of the fact that the Nationals are going after Fielder.  When all signs from the front office (y'know, the guys who actually SIGN people like Fielder) have made it clear they aren't in at the price/years he's asking.  So unless you guys have some inside knowledge of why Nationals management has more sway/power over the process, and Fielder, than Scott Boras (THE Scott Boras) does, I'd say they're out of it at the current point in the race.  Which is hilarious because you basically quote them as saying the same thing, and then say you believe it.  But yet, they're the favorite?  When they aren't willing to offer him the years he wants?

That's funny.  Mariners have told him exactly how many years and how much money they'll go.  They're the only team who has.  And Boras is currently trying to find a better deal for him.  I'm sure he loves it everytime you guys spout off some idea that "so and so is now the front runner"... 

But yeah.  To quote your own sarcasm right back at you.  "Nationals?  Please."




Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:25 am
 

Respectfully overrated...

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 package.  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. 



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:24 am
 

Respectfully overrated...

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 package.  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. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:19 am
 

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

I am saying the Rangers!



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:08 am
 

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

I'm looking forward to Prince Fielder coming to DC to play for the Nationals.



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:49 am
 

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

The best place for Fielder and the team that would sign him is Texas.  Then when he gains another 100 lbs. at least he can DH.  In the meantime the Rangers would score 9 runs a game!



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:13 am
 

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

"Or he could join one of the most promising up-and-coming teams in baseball while staying in the NL."

Are you really serious; and using Jason Werth as an example of the "talented" team?

They overspent unwisely on Werth (see Cubs and Alfonso Soriano) and are banking on two first overall picks (fyi: if you have back-to-back first overall picks, you have struggled to make progress). Nevertheless, overpay Fielder, as if that makes the Nationals a playoff team. It does not. Look at the teams that have become consistent playoff contenders over the past few years and look at the most highly paid free-agents over those years: no highly paid free agent makes or changes a team from a .500 club to a contender. You have to build through your draft and then suppliment your talent with this sort of player.

The Nationals are not there yet organizationally. They should wait a couple of years before spending this sort of money on one player.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:19 am
 

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

I hope that GM Mike Rizzo can get this deal done ASAP! Prince Fielder would be a huge addition to the lineup and the Washington Nationals are about to land a new TV rights package that will give them a HUGE boost in revenue and allow them to add to the payroll! We need a winner in D.C. and it looks like the Nats may jump to the head of the class here real soon!



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:05 am
 

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

The Nats need a CF and another proven starter before they drop huge money on Prince. That being said when you have a reputation of not playing in the free agent market until paying too much for Jayson Werth you must spend over and above to let the baseball world know that you are serious about contending.

Prince might not be what this team needs but if all goes to plan this team shoud be contending for a wild card within the next year or so.

For those that think the Nats over used Strasburg please. It was well known that the guy had bad mechanics when he was drafted and the team has had him on tight pitch counts from the very beginning. There are plenty of pitchers that throw 200 plus innings year in and year out and those that never make it thru a season. Nobody knows if Strasburg will be the next Roy Holliday or Mark Pryor. The bottom line is that the team has his services for 6 years before he will jump to the highest bidder. It would be nice if he throws a few innings as a member of the Nats and not the Yankees or Red Sox. Jordan Zimmermann came back last season from the same operation and was stronger than ever and yes he to was always on a pitch count from the day he was signed.


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