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Fielder talks inch along in Dallas

Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:13 am
DALLAS -- Waiting for some juice in the Prince Fielder talks?

Keep waiting.

"We've spent the past three days stuck in hotel rooms going through the flurry of teams that have come in and made their presentations, listening to teams talk about their interest levels, what they see and how Prince can fit into their organization as a player and contractually," Scott Boras, the agent for Fielder, said late Wednesday night. "We're taking all of this information, and I'm heading out to meet with Prince and discuss it and get an approach.

"And then we're going to begin furthering the process with teams."

Translation: Fielder isn't close to finding a landing spot.

The big first baseman declined the Milwaukee Brewers' offer of arbitration Wednesday, confident that there is a long-term deal awaiting him in the market. With all of the attention so far devoted to another slugging first baseman, Albert Pujols, Fielder's status has remained under the radar since the free agent signing period started last month.

The Brewers are maintaining contact with Boras, but they are not confident in their financial ability to retain him. Texas remains interested but on the periphery (for now), according to sources familiar with the Rangers' plans. So, too, does Seattle, whose general manager, Jack Zduriencik, was Milwaukee's scouting director when the Brewers made Fielder their No. 1 pick in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2002 draft.

There are those who believe the Cubs will enter the bidding, but all appears quiet on the North Side of Chicago for now (besides, the Cubs have been involved with Pujols so far). Some people think the Blue Jays will turn aggressive in Fielder's direction.

Boras maintains that the Pujols talks are not impacting those of Fielder, and that whatever decision Pujols ultimately makes will not affect Fielder.

"I just don't see teams other than the team that signs Albert -- that would be the only team I would think that would be impacted," Boras said. "The real issue is, does a team need a young, franchise core player? These players have so much value to them because they have value from the media content, they increase your RSN [Regional Sports Network] value tremendously, they also increase your attendance and they also allow ownership to retain ancillary players at a greater rate because those players want to stay on a winning team with a core player like that.

"It's very nice to hit in front of those kinds of players, and that attracts players. We saw in Milwaukee a great pitcher, Zack Greinke, let his original team know he wanted to go there and play. And that's because they had players like Prince Fielder there. And I think players sign long term to stay with those teams.

"There's an attraction value that comes with those players that help clubs retain the players they have or attract other ones.

"I just think there are few of them."

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:17 pm

Fielder talks inch along in Dallas

You pay $200+ million for a player who's consistent, who knows how to motivate himself, who's in good shape. Fielder is fat, inconsistent and doesn't seem motivated at all, even in the playoffs. Let the Brew crew build around Braun and work on their pitching, let another team overpay for a slob like Fielder. I'd be shocked if he didn't end up a marlin or a cub, they both can afford to over pay for Fielder, but again I don't think he worth anywhere close to $150-$200 million, he's not a player you build a franchise around.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:30 am

Fielder talks inch along in Dallas

Brewer fans better hope that they let him walk.  His performance in the NLCS against St. Louis was pathetic.  If you are a true superstar, you should be able to hit the other team's lefty specialist out of the bullpen a couple times at least.  He faced him in every game, and Fielder could not make adjustments.  No way should Milwaukee tie up a huge percentage of their payroll on a no-field slugger who disappeared when he was needed most.  Braun is king in Milwaukee, let Fielder be Prince somewhere else.  He has made it perfectly clear through multiple comments over the last couple of years that he doesn't give a hoot about Milwaukee anyway.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:02 am

Fielder talks inch along in Dallas

I would hope the Brewers wouldnt let him sign with the Marlins for $80 to $90 million.  We could easily match that.  However now that Pujols has his money it should be interesting to see what he commands from the market.  $150 for a contract or even near $200 I dont feel is that far out of the question now that Pujols got what he did.  

Prince....please dont go to the Cubs.  Thats all I have to say.  Oh and Seattle! 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:17 am

Fielder talks inch along in Dallas

You mean the fat body type?

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:59 am

Fielder talks inch along in Dallas

I can see the Marlins going for him there looking to be in the 80-90 Mil salary rane next year, but I think he makes more sense in the AL. If you need to sign him to a long term deal, you'd feel better knowing he could play DH in 5 years if he gains weight with that body type.

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