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Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 9:08 pm
Indications are the Mariners, Nationals and Orioles are among about a half-dozen teams still eyeing star free agent Prince Fielder.

The Fielder derby is heating up, as some teams have made offers or at least given an indication where they'd be willing to go monetarily for the slugger. The Cubs, Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins and incumbent Brewers also have been mentioned as possibilities for Prince.

The Mariners are one of the teams that's suggested their price range for Fielder, although it's unclear how serious Fielder might be about willing to play on the West Coast. Some close to the Florida product and longtime Brewer have suggested he'd prefer to stay in the East or Central time zones. Seattle is also said to have financial limitations and are believed unwilling to break their bank for any one player.

The Nationals have been keeping a low profile on their pursuit and it's unknown where they stand but signs suggest they do have Fielder on their radar. He isn't a perfect fit as they already have Mike Morse and Adam LaRoche for first base, though they could move Morse to the outfield and LaRoche is a small expense compared to Fielder.

The Orioles remain interested, according to a person with knowledge of their thinking. They may be geographically desirable to Fielder but it isn't known how their status as a rebuilding team might impact the player.

The Marlis remain a curiosity. Team president David Samson has suggested they lack interest, but owner Jeffrey Loria has give public quotes amounting to something along the lines of "we'll see.'' The Rangers are also believed to have interest even after winning the bid for star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. The Cubs are said to interested but the status of their pursuit, and that of the Jays, remains unclear.

The Brewers have been painted as a long shot but they haven't given up all hope they could retain Fielder.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:56 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

So the Cubs are a playoff contender, huh?

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:51 am

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Nats are a great fit and will get him. with Harper on the way, fielder will fit great in that lineup. Adding Gio gonzale to the staff, as reported, would give them a nice staff that could give the Phillys some competition in the NL East. Interesting call, but if they spend the $$$ they might get an early return.

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:46 am

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Still, those are three dud teams. Perhaps the Nats are on the rise, but the Mariners are terrible, and the Orioles are where overpriced, washed-up careers go to die. Fielder does care about playing for a playoff contender, doesn't he? I think he ends up going to either the Rangers or Cubs.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:44 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

The Nationals won 13 more games than the Mariners last year. Seattle had the worst hitting in baseball and watching them, it seemed like the worst lineup in decades. Truly pathetic. Their pitching was actually almost playoff-caliber, but they had a AA lineup at the plate. The M's need Fielder way more than he needs them! Won't happen. Could see him in DC. But the Orioles? Who would go there?!?!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:33 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince


Really? How are the Nationals ahead of the Mariners in...well...any area?   

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:28 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Baseball 101 - you sign offense and you develop pitching.  So there is nothing wrong with going after Fielder.  Unless you are Boston or New York you can't afford to drop $10-15M on a free agent pitcher who might be awful.  The lone exception is someone of the calibre of a Cliff Lee or roy Halladay but nobody like that is available.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:24 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

the o's got screwed on that deal as well, at least they would know the real age of fielder if they were to sign him

If by "screwed" you mean "made out like bandits" then you're spot-on with your assesment. In his first four years as a shortstop with the Orioles Miguel Tejada won two Silver Slugger Awards, three All-Star appearances, batted nearly .310, had an OBP of nearly .360, a nearly .490 SLG, and was traded for Luke Scott and a handful of other player right before his value dipped. Luke Scott went on to be a great player for the Orioles while Tejada declined for the Astros. To make it even better, Tejada made only $5 million and made no more than $13 million during his time with the Orioles and it could be argued that he was worth $20 million a year. That deal panned out to perfection for the Orioles. So if today was opposite day you'd be correct. Since it's not, you're very inncorrect.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:48 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

      DBowman is spot-on in saying the O's need pitching first.  The O's were dead last in the AL in ERA and they aren't going anywhere in the tough AL East until they get some good arms that can keep them in games against NY, Boston, Toronto, and TB.   

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:34 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

The Brewers don't have anywhere near the money to re-sign Fielder. They are the smallest TV market in baseball and simply don't have the cash that the Angels, Yanks. Red Sox, Phillies, Cubs. etc. have.  If they signed Prince they would have to weaken other parts of the team by cutting payroll there. Better to see what your young prospects can do and save the money for pitching. 

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:46 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

It would be a perfect game if ALL teams had the money that the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Angels, Cubs, etc. had! When you play in the smallest market you don't have the TV contract that the big markets have. Hence you don't have the cash. Fielder's agent laughed at $20M offered by the Brewers. If they signed Prince to a Pujols type contract that he wants they would have to seriously weaken many other areas on the club. They need money to re-sign pitching and hope their young prospects that did so well in AAA come through in 2012.

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