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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: May 27, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:16 pm

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

As an Oriole fan, I have a hard time believing that the addition of Fielder would "sell tickets". Honestly, there are only about 10-15 players in baseball that could join a perennially awful team and sell enough tickets on their own to warrant that being the key selling point. Ultimately, fanbases that have suffered through years and years of losing want to win. That's what'll drive ticket sales.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:39 am

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.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:35 am

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

I don't care how many tickets Fielder will sell at Oriole Park.  We need pitching!  Instead of dumping $20-25 million into Prince Fielder, the Orioles should throw $15 million at Roy Oswalt and another $10 million at Paul Maholm.  That would be a much better expenditure that would help this team compete before Fielder plants himself in our cleanup spot.

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:05 am

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.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:32 am

Mariners, Nats, O's among teams eyeing Prince

LET'S GO O'S!!!!!!!  We gotta get Fielder.  He will sell tickets, add leadership and more importantly, help us win some games.

GO O'S!!!!

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