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A record that means almost nothing

Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:24 pm
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The Brewers just signed Prince Fielder.

Don't get excited.

No, really, don’t get excited. The Brewers signed Fielder to a record contract on Tuesday, but it's a record contract that means little except to Fielder or his agent.

It doesn't mean that Fielder is any more likely to remain with the Brewers after 2011 (he's not). It doesn't mean he is any less likely to remain with the Brewers after 2011 (that's hardly possible).

It doesn't mean anything, except that Fielder is going to make a whole lot of money this year -- and we knew that already.

Maybe you're interested that his salary will be $15.5 million, which is the most the Brewers have ever paid a player and the most any arbitration-eligible player has ever made.

But unless your name is Prince Fielder, or Scott Boras (his agent), or Mark Attanasio (the Brewers owner), I don't really know why you would be.

As Fielder told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Tuesday , "Coming back to the Brewers was never going to be a surprise, because I wasn't a free agent."

And even though it was a record, the amount of money the Brewers are paying Fielder wasn't really a surprise, either. He made $11.5 million last year, after all. He has amazing numbers so far in his 5 1/2-year career, averaging more than 40 home runs over the last four seasons, and also more than 110 RBI -- numbers that would have been easy to argue in front of an arbitrator.

What's a lot harder to say is how much money Fielder will sign for next winter, and which team will give it to him.

Now that should be something to get excited about.
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Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:16 pm
 

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Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are easy first and second best first baseman in the game (respects to Ryan Howard too). So who goes where?
I wouldn't even put Fielder at number 2.  I wouldn't trade away Miguel Cabrera straight up for Prince Fielder.  Pujols is above all, then Cabby, then Prince, then Teixeira? or Howard.


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