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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: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:47 pm
 

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

The Cubs' plan? They have the most exciting young SS in the league as well as a few highly touted minor leaguers and they've literally decided they don't want to compete this year. For 2012, the Cubbies are a AAAA team.
They will still try to compete for no team will go into a season hoping they play bad, but it still up to the players if the team do good or not.



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:25 pm
 

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

Green Fingers, I get what you are trying to get across, but it is not realistic, and not always an agent's fault.  Even an agent like Boras.  With the current brass in Chicago being transplanted from other big market teams, you would have no know for a fact that someone like Epstein has refused to sign players represented by Boras. 

Mostly though, don't forget the MLBPA has a say in how a player works his free-agent period.  If Fielder decided out of the goodness of his heart to sign with the Brewers for 8 years 80 million he would get hell from the MLBPA and others I am sure.  As long as player salaries keep getting larger, the MLBPA as a union can keep getting more money from union dues and get more negotiating power in future CBA discusions.  If they would need to that is.  He might not even be able to sign a small contract. 

I could be wrong here, but I think the Brewers get some kind of draft pick condiseration from whomever signs Fielder.  (Someone can either confirm on deny this) but I think if the Cubs are serious about building a team from the bottom up using farm-system talent, you will need all the draft picks you can get.  The Nationals have the money and a young and talented team. They could stand to lose a draft pick or two, if they in fact do. 



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:02 pm
 

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

Another Ortiz. Dh potential.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:02 pm
 

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

Another Ortiz. Dh potential.



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:57 pm
 

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

Price Fielder needs to goto the Nationals.  As an Indians fans, I would love to have him (not happening). But the Nationals need to start acting like a Big Market team, and this is the perfect signing for them.  Time to act like the Yanks, Sox and Angels.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:56 pm
 

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

What happends if nobody wants him?



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:54 pm
 

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

It's actually not. I didn't list everyone (Octavio Dotel, Ryan Dempster, Joakim Soria, etc.). Looking recently, since the procedure has been perfected by Andrews, the success rate is far higher than the failure rate.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:44 pm
 

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

Yeah, but the list of guys who never made it back from Tommy John is even longer. And you can't even put Josh Johnson on that list. He can't even stay healthy for more than half a season and he was good before Tommy John. Most of these guys were good before TJ surgery.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:29 pm
 

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

The Cubs' plan? They have the most exciting young SS in the league as well as a few highly touted minor leaguers and they've literally decided they don't want to compete this year. For 2012, the Cubbies are a AAAA team.

As for career stats, Fielder has better career stats than any hitter under 30 in the majors, starting with his WAR. And precisely because he's under 30 is why he's worth a longer term contract. (If he were built like a P90X model, no one would even be having second thoughts.)

If ANY hitter is worth 20+ million per year - other than maybe Pujols - it's Fielder.

Sounds like you need to step out into the sun, blink away the sleep, and realize this is the second decade of the 21st century.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:31 pm
 

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

Lumpoco you appear to be confused . If it was a shoulder injury you would be right .Its Tommy john surgery  guys come back better than ever most of the time.


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