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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 23, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:54 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Last year ring a bell?



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:51 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

While I believe your point is still well taken, naturally people will jump on the fact that he did play in Safeco, as a Mariner, on two separate occassions. As it turns out, he actually did for the balance of the 1999 season (it opened July 15, 1999) and again when he signed with the Mariners in February of 2009 . . .



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:45 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Ken Griffey,Jr did play at Safeco Field after it opened in July of 1999



This is true but the point is still the same. It was kind of a silly comment when Griffey in fact only played 2 months there.



Safeco is well known for being one of the worst hitters parks in the majors.     



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:25 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Fielder is not going to the Cubs. This would go against everything Epstein has said to this point. Even if one thought he would be a good fit for the Cubs, they have no other power in their lineup, with Ramirez and Pena gone. So he would be pitched around a lot.

The Cubs still have to look toward rebuilding for the future; this will take more creative spending and looking for loopholes in the process. It does not mean to abandon the whole idea and spend a ton on one player.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:21 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Ken Griffey,Jr did play at Safeco Field after it opened in July of 1999.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:08 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Griffey, JR never played in Safeco...



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:00 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Safeco field is especially suited to left handed power hitters. The ball carries really well from riight center to the right foul line any time of year. It was built for Griffy Jr., a lefty power hitter, bone head.




Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:39 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

prince would be a good fit in wrigley, and given how restricting the new cba makes spending internationally and in the draft, that basically leaves free agency as the one facet teams can overspend to help their team. if i were the cubs, i'd be inclined to hand fielder a 6 year deal with a vesting option for 7 and an early termination clause after maybe 4, allowing both sides to decide whether or not they'd like to be together for a few more years.


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