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Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:59 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:50 pm
 

The Washington Nationals, despite their early suggestions to the contrary, do appear to be deep in the mix for star free agent slugger Prince Fielder. They may even justifiably be seen as a favorite at this point. But with several other teams showing strong interest and as many as seven or eight others showing some level of interest, it may be a bit too early to declare them as “the’’ favorite.’’

Reading all the hints, suggestions and tea leaves (not to mention deciphering the requisite downplaying of many), here’s the way I see things as we head into what might be the final several days (in order of most likely to least).

  1. Nationals. One Nationals player told me last week they were “shooting for’ Fielder, and team officials have seemed to stop downplaying their involvement, as more snippets of interest have gotten out. The Nationals have done a lot of deals with agent Scott Boras and certainly aren’t about to let the $8 million left on Adam La Roche’s contract stand in the way.
  2. Mariners. GM Jack Zduriencik, who picked Fielder No. 1 when Zduriencik was scouting director in Milwaukee, loves Fielder. The feeling apparently is mutual. The one question is whether Fielder wants to play 3,000 miles from his Orlando, Fla. home and in a ballpark that isn’t conducive to home runs (though it’s better for lefthanded hitters than righties).
  3. Brewers. Milwaukee all but publicly wrote it off around the time they signed Aramis Ramirez. But owner Mark Attanasio has built the Brewers into a phenomenon in Milwaukee, and it’s also possible Ryan Braun’s surprise banned substance issue could intensify the interest in keeping Prince. It doesn’t appear Attanasio has dived in yet, but he’s a guy who hasn’t let the small market stop him in the past.
  4. Mystery team. I have no idea even if there is a mystery team. But let’s not overlook recent history. Cliff Lee and Albert Pujols wound up going to the mystery team after weeks of talks and speculation about anyone but the Phillies and Angels, respectively.
  5. Marlins. Some Marlins execs have said they are not going for Fielder. But others have suggested that at least some of their people are quite intrigued. One possible issue: they have a team policy not to give out no-trade clauses.
  6. Rangers. The Yu Darvish pickup (and everyone believes Darvish will be signed, for something just above Daisuke Matsuzaka’s $52-million deal) likely has lessened the possibility of Prince. The Rangers clearly are now focused on Darvish, and while they could possibly afford both thanks to their new TV deal, it might be seen as something of a stretch.
  7. Orioles. They have some interest and seem to have the spending money, but their recent history and prospects for the near future could make this one a tough sell.
  8. Cubs. Cubs people love the idea of adding a young slugger like Fielder to their needy lineup. But club officials have suggested they plan to limit offers to five years. That won’t get it done.
  9. Blue Jays. Like the Cubs, their people are hinting strongly that five years is their limit for anyone, even Prince.  Opinions can change, but they’d have to go a lot longer than five (at least eight) to get into the game.

 



Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:09 am
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Will someone please explain to me why Prince does not want to play in Seattle?  One of the nicer cities in MLB and he doesn't want to go there?  Seattle is a classy town with a beautiful stadium.  He'd buy a house there and be happy with it.  He'd be a huge star.  His feelings re: Seattle and the Mariners, IMO, says something about him that I just don't comprehend.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Prince is getting screwed by his agent. Because of his greed, Prince is going to end up having to sign on with a team like the Mariners and be lost at getting a legit shot at a contender.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Here's a possible scenario that I think could happen:

10. The . The Reds could try to sign him, but although they have 1st base already covered by Joey Votto they will try to teach him to play Left Field. They will most likely start the Left Field experiment in the Windy City when they are playing the Cubs, but only after keeping Prince on the bench relegated to only pinch-hitting duties for several weeks. If he botches a few plays in Left, they will promise to give him a try at 3rd base. When he finally gets that start at 3rd, he most likely will not see a single ball hit his way but they will end the 3rd Base trial anyway, without giving him a chance to succeed or fail. After a few spot starts in place of Votto where he produces multiple game winning hits, he will be traded in a package deal along with Mike Leake, Zack Cozart, Aroldis Chapman, and Neftali Soto to the Nationals for RP Ryan Perry.



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:43 am
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Only way Rangers are in on Prince is if nothing gets done with Darvish.  With that being said the closer this gets to the Jan. 18th deadline the more I think Boras is intentionally waiting to see what happens with Darvish so he can keep as many teams in it as possible or at least give the illusion of that.



Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Fielder needs a new agent.  One who will work for him not for himself.  I would love to see him on the Cubs but with a major rebuilding going on I do not see this happening. 



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Blue Jays need his bat at first, but if it's more than 5 years, I'll pass too.
 



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

The Cards!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

Dunkin Donuts want Prince...match made in heaven



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

What prospects do the O's have?



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Nats, as many as 7 others, shooting for Prince

So after signing Beltran, the Cardinals now have no interest in Fielder?


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