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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: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:40 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Although Seatle isnt really a team banging on the door to win a World Series, they are not all that far away and with Jack Zduriencik running the show over there, I wouldnt be surprised if Prince wanted to go play for the guy who scouted and coached him in the minors.  They seemed to be pretty tight when JZ was in Milwaukee, but if he was going for a World Series, then he shouldnt be looking to go play for Sveum in Chicago.  Just my opinion.  I expect him to go to an AL team since his defense, although improved in 2011, isnt something that teams are probably wanting to throw cash out for which is why, until he acually signs with another team, is still an option for the Crew although I think it would be way better for the organization to just let him walk along with trading KRod as he is just another few months from whining about the fact that isnt a set up man.  He complained on the verge of making the playoffs with a young and up and coming team, just think what he will do when Braun isnt allowed to play for the first 50 games because when we lose Braun and Fielders numbers, I really dont think Ramirez and the rest of the offense will do much to stop the bleeding until Braun is actually back in the 3 hole.  I hope Im wrong, but I dont sense a very good 2012 if Braun cant prove his side of it. 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:11 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Relax bagadonuts, Knobler is right here. No power hitter wants to go play in Seattle entering the prime of their career. Not to mention the Mariners will not compete in the West with Texas and the Angels. Cubs could be his best possible landing spot.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:09 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

The Cardinals should make a play for him now that Albert has moved on.



Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:33 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

You are a total door KNOB.  Cubs fan by any chance?  Your article lacks true bias.  I could think of worse things that solid pitching (Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda to name a few) with a fantastic fan base.  Of course, playing the Angels and Rangers and with their close proximity to South Alaska, they should just give up and listen to a hack like yourself.  Nice work door-KNOB.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:21 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

@Beer Baron your plan is fail.  Fielder said no to the Brewers offer of 5 years 105 million and an option for a 6th year for 20 mil.  Fielder has made clear he wants 7 years at 180 or 8 years at 190-200 mil.  The Mariners owner have that money, do the Cubs? And the Mariners have two star Pitchers.  The only way the Cubs lad Fielder is if they offer at least $200 mil.  



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:11 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Prince Fielder is a good left handed slugger for the Cubs lineup. I know it, Prince knows it, Theo knows, everybody knows it. Give him a decent 5 or 6 year deal at 20+ million a year (15 or 18 is better but let's not be cheap here). Prince will serve as a solid run producer and will certainly do well at Wrigley. Seattle? Harldy a good spot to land in the prime of your career. Toronto? Do you really want to deal with playing third fiddle to the Yankees and Red Sox no matter how well the team does. Nationals? Decent but not going to  be a solid contender year after year. And if Theo rights the ship (fingers crossed) wouldn't every player want to be there?



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:59 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

When its all said and done I think he will end up in Seattle. The M'S need another Big Name to fill the seats and Prince would do that.
He would add at least 15-18 Ws  from day 1 in Seattle



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:44 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

He won't be coming to Baltimore.   Peter Angelos will offer him the minimum wage and to get that Fielder will have to mow Angelos' lawn every Saturday morning, game or no game.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:36 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

As a Jays fan who has Rogers phone,cable,internet and cell...pay the effin money and get Prince, I'm paying for it!!!!



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:37 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Gotta wonder ... is Milwaukee really OUT of the Princestakes?
With Braun out for 50 games, do they not save a few million?



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