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As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:09 pm
 
With Monday's signing of Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers seem to have moved on from Prince Fielder.

But where will Fielder move on to?

The Cubs and Mariners are both in on the Fielder market, new CBSSports.com colleague Jon Heyman reported Monday. The Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins, Orioles and Nationals, among others, could also be interested.

Fielder could be a particularly good fit in Chicago, especially with Dale Sveum as the new Cubs manager. Sveum was the Brewers hitting coach, and has a very good relationship with Fielder.

When Theo Epstein came over from the Red Sox to run the Cubs baseball operations, the thought was that he would stay away from high-priced free agents this winter, because the rebuilding process at Wrigley Field is expected to take several years.

But Fielder is just 27, young enough to fit into a long-term plan. Also, new rules that limit spending on draft and international signings leave the Cubs unable to speed up the process by outspending other teams on those markets.

The Mariners desperately need offense, and Fielder has long been considered a possibility. Like Sveum, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has ties to Fielder. Zduriencik was the scouting director who drafted Fielder for the Brewers.

The thought among many in baseball, though, has been that Seattle won't be Fielder's preferred landing spot. It's as far as possible from his Florida home, the Mariners are unlikely to contend, and Safeco Field isn't friendly to power hitters.

The Rangers, with a team that has gone to the World Series two straight years and a ballpark that favors hitters, would no doubt be an attractive destination. But club president Nolan Ryan has played down any interest, insisting that he likes first baseman Mitch Moreland and that Fielder would be a difficult fit in the Rangers' budget.

The Blue Jays will eventually need to play on free agents like Fielder if they're as serious about being a big-market team as they say they are. But Toronto people have also suggested that they don't want to give out the type of long-term contract that Fielder will command.

The Marlins have given conflicting signals about their possible interest in Fielder, but at this point it seems safe to say they're not as excited about him as they were about the possibility of signing Albert Pujols.

The Orioles have long liked Fielder, but it's unclear how much money owner Peter Angelos is willing to spend this winter, and also uncertain how interested Fielder would be in going to a team that has shown little sign of being competitive in the American League East.

Nationals officials repeatedly insist that they won't pursue Fielder, but others in the game look at the team's strong working relationship with agent Scott Boras and wonder if that could change. The Nationals have Adam LaRoche signed to be their first baseman in 2012, and the long-term plan is to move Mike Morse from left fielder to first base.


Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:57 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Rebuilding rebuilding...thats a crock. This is baseball, you don't have to be the best team all year to win, just the hottest one in oct-nov. With Fielder and a SP, the Cubs will be as good, if not better, than  every team in the central, and almost every team in the NL. bring him on!!!!!



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:23 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

The Cubs are in a full blown rebuild, thankfully!  There is really no reason to go after Fielder since the Cubs won't be competetive for about 3 years.  Why waste your money on him when it won't get you any closer to your true goal of Division Titles and beyond here in 3 to 5 years.  By the time the Cubs will truely need him he will be at the end of his prime years, and the Cubs will be stuck with another high priced, guaranteed contract on the downside of his carreer.  Isn't that what we are busy getting rid of now?  Let's rebuild our farm system, get some young talent up to the big leagues, and see if they can preform under the spotlight of the Majors.  We need pitching much, much more than another bat.  Soriano hasn't got us anywhere with his home runs and huge contract.



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:07 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Why would the Cubs sign Fielder when they're in the middle of a rebuild? Completely stupid.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:53 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

The cubs will still be mediocre even with Fielder.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:45 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

As a lifelong Cubs fan, I would rather continue to be mediocre than win with a punk like Fielder...you can have him



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:49 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Im gonna say its gonna be a team that isnt on that list to get Prince. I still have a feeling that the Cards might offer him that 10 yr contract since he is younger then Pujols. 



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:43 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Cubs are a perfect fit. They would already be more competitive next year. Brewers seem to be a mess right now and transitioning Cardinals will struggle. Cincy is inconsistent.  N.L Central is open. Seattle would be a death sentance. The Cubs need this move more than any other team on the short list. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:18 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I am reading some strange stuff in this thread. People are saying Prince won't want to go to the Blue Jays because he would be playing third fiddle behind NY and Boston. Then another poster says he won't go the Mariners because the team won't compete with Texas and LA.

So then why in the world would he go to the Cubs? The Cubs aren't competing with Milwaukee and St Louis anytime soon, let alone the Reds. Just adding Fielder to the Cubs makes them a mediocre team at best. They have no other power, little pitching, and no defense. Plus the Cubs do NOT have 180 million to spend on him. No he will not go to the Cubs.




Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:50 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Call me crazy but why do I see the Yanks swooping in and scooping up Prince?



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:50 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

The Cards should not make a Play for Fielder. Right now its all Human Emotion playing out on both sides. No one is wrong here. We will miss the Greatest Baseball Player in this era and Alberts Family went for the Money and a Winning Team. Its over. Lets talk about Saint Louis winning another World Series. We Upgraded at SS as long as he stays healthy this Year. We need Beltran's bat. We have the Money. The Fans will still full up the stadium at the tune of 3 Million every  Year. Would be nice to upgrade the Pen too. Wainwright-Carpenter-Garcia...Not a bad Starting three


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