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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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Comments

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Texas would be wise to avoid Fielder as that would seriously hamper the ability to pay all the up coming free agents. They are better suited to just stand pat and pay Hamilton, Kinsler, Napoli, Holland, Andrus, and Cruz and keep the team together. If Prince wants to join this party at a reduced rate, then more power to him, but I think he wants the money more then the wins.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

The Mariners, really?  They have nothing to offer a player that's serious about winning.  I'd love to see Prince go to Washington - they have a half dozen building blocks already and look staked for the future!



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

The O's have been there and done that before with Tejada.  Fielder is the last thing the O's need as a rebuilding squad.  Build from the Minors up with their pitching and defense.

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





Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Can't see Seattle I think Cubs or nationals



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Anyway, just my opinion...I'm sure there is a silent team in this just like the Pujols deal.  If the Angels or Rangers somehow get him I'll just kiss out next 3 seasons goodbye.  I pretty much already have, lol...I laugh outside and cry on the in.    

i can guarentee you that the angels will not sign prince after shelling out $260 mil for pujols



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Most of the teams mentioned in this article have a lot more than just one or two holes to fill. They would be wise to spread that money around to above average players, a superstar surrounded by average or below average players doesn't add up to wins. I can't see the Marlins spending that kind of money just because of a new stadium, because it is still to be seen if they attract the fans. The Rangers and the Brewers are the most logical places because they have more pieces of the puzzle, but they also have people on their teams that deserved to be paid. Its Fielders decision, lets hope that it is not made with money as the deciding factor.

i like the idea of spreading the wealth (in sports anyway) among the positions needed, but if you are a team that is a good pitching/fielding team that just lacks a big bat in your lineup, it could be the best spot, but when you think about the money the rangers are about to shell out for hamilton and kinsler in the next year or so, i would save my pennies and put it toward the team i already have or potential pitching like the japanese prospect, if there is any team in baseball that doesnt need another bat in their lineup, it would be texas, and they have learned the hard way the last 2 years that you need pitching to win it all,

i feel the brewers are almost backed into a corner in trying to get a deal done, if he isnt resigned i blame the organization for not offering more and making him the #1 priority this offseason, he is a crucial piece to that puzzle in milwaukee, him leaving town could be a big blow to go with another big blow in losing braun for the first 50 games, i feel the brewers have no choice but to pay the man if they plan to compete next season

as for the marlins, they have already shown the willingness to spend this offseason, if they were to pick up prince to go along with reyes, very good things could happen, but it is nice to see the marlins spending money, they have always been a team that built a good team every 4-5 years through their farm system, then they would either trade them away or not resign them, so it is nice to see that team trying to be competitive

as for the cubs, they have a decent team with some good young talent coming up, and a big need for a cleanup hitter now that aramis ramirez is in milwaukee, it wouldnt surprise me if the cubs were higher bidders than milwaukee, they havent made any big moves this offseason after signing theo, and didnt put up much of a fight in trying to resign ramirez, so it wouldnt surprise me if they were sitting back saving their chips for someone like prince, this is milwaukee's worst nightmare, and one of the reasons they should open the pocket books and resign him



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Sorry O's fans, there is no way he signs with you guys.  He will sell tickets for the first month but when the losing ways continue, those #'s will drop.  While he wants the big bucks I'm sure he also wants to play along side with more the Markakis and Adam Jones, though I like those players, it's not enough...same with my Mariners.  Most avid baseball fans can't even name our starting outfield/infield.


I could see him going to the Nationals, they have some solid pitching and have started to build a worthy team.  Michael Morse is a great player and I think will be an All Star this coming year.  Then there is Jason Werth who we all know can produce with a few bats around him.  Morse hitting 3rd, Fielder 4th, and Werth 5th is a nice middle lineup.


Anyway, just my opinion...I'm sure there is a silent team in this just like the Pujols deal.  If the Angels or Rangers somehow get him I'll just kiss out next 3 seasons goodbye.  I pretty much already have, lol...I laugh outside and cry on the in.     




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Jetsfan: Same with the Mariners, why would he want to go to the worst offensive team in baseball the past two years?  Seattle is a beautiful area, as I lived there for 5 years but I think he'll go to a team that is willing to "break bank" for one player.


As a Mariners fan I would be thrilled if he did, but I doubt it.  It's a shame too, because Felix Hernandez will most certainly leave town if we don't get him some offensive help.  Our farm system isn't even that great so I'm not sure what management has planned for this team.  They can't continue to have terrible losing seasons and keep this swinging door of managers coming in and out.  Management!! No skipper would be able to win with this team so stop blaming them and sign some freaking players, and John Jaso doesn't count!


We have the money to sign him, yet we're being stingy because apparently we don't need a big bat in the gigantic park that is Safeco.  I'm sure I'm not the only M's fan with such opinions.


Do your best M's...please        



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Honestly if we want to be competetive this season we'd have to do all of those things.  And i'd be all for it.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

Oh lowly O's fans. You really think he goes to Baltimore? There is a better chance he goes to Toronto and even that is slim.


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