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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 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.


Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:30 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I like the thought of Morse eventually moving to first base in Washington. I'd hate to see the Nats sign Fielder, simply because I have a gut feeling that Morse is a bad ass. Nats will be strong next year, and I say that without bias.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:08 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I hope the Marlins don't sign this guy. We had a lot deal with when we had Scott Olsen down here. We don't need our players chasing King Kong into other people's dugouts and all his antics causing the team to get beamed. Prince Fielder would make the Marlins a disastrous team full of messed up personalities. It is enough with Hanley Ramirez being a crybaby, Jose DDR Reyes at SS, the recovering twitter addict in left LoMoMarlins, a psycho manager in Ozzie lol, and a psycho team owner in Loria.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:04 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Yeah, big and fat: 38 HRs, 120 RBIs, .299 BA, .566 Slugging, .981 OPS..............  

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:52 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I hope the Cubs get him if he ends up leaving Milwaukee.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:39 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I may be wrong but I still think with the money that the Marlins were willing to spend on Pujols and Wilson after already signing Reyes, Bell and Buehrle will make them a contender for Fielder.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:21 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Why not just bring T-Plush to Chicago too? Can the Cubs bring Milton Bradley back? Is Colby Rasmus on the market? How about Carl Everett? Sorry, but Fielder isn't Cub material. The Cubs are the team of Ernie Banks, not Fifty Cent.  

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:18 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Prince Fielder has not spoken to his dad in several years. This started because his dad helped him negotiate his first contract and then tried to get a large chunk of it as "commission". Cecil has been in money trouble with casinos and credit cards for awhile. So I doubt if he will be soliciting advice from him.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:12 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Don`t do it Cubs---Unless he goes on the TV show "The Biggest Loser"---This guy is big and Fat!!!

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:08 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I doubt he'll get advice from his dad since they don't speak because Cecil supposedly abandoned Prince and his mom. Regardless, the Jays would be a good fit for Prince but they haven't shown any interest in upgrading the team so far this year. They need a solid pitcher in that rotation because they got a good closer in Santos who's underrated.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:18 pm

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Fielder is going to the Jays. Lock it in and get it done. When it comes down to it, he'll get some advice from his dad about the city and not to mention the lineup they currently have can compete already with the Yanks and Sox, but with Prince it could put them into the playoffs. How's this look...Lawrie, Bautista and Fielder going 3,4,5. Just as good as the Yanks and Sox, but younger. The Jays were smart, didn't go out and spend on what is the worst year for free agent second baseman. Wild Card this year for the Jays.

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