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Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:44 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 11:22 am
 
Indications are Prince Fielder has narrowed the field of teams in his derby to four or five, and the Nationals, Orioles and Rangers are believed to be among those teams. So he's down to a "final four'' (or so), if you will.

The other involved team or two aren't known, but an unpublicized team can't be ruled out. Under-the-radar pursuers, often dubbed the "mystery'' teams, have become prominent the past couple years, as both Cliff Lee and Albert Pujols wound up signing with such a team. The other teams connected to Fielder at one time or other have included the Mariners, Marlins, Blue Jays, Cubs and incumbent Brewers, but none of those teams has been seen as a favorite in recent days.

The Nationals have been seen as a favorite for weeks, though some people connected to the team say they are reluctant to give out an ultra long deal again, after signing Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126-million last winter. The Orioles, like their local rival, have seemed to downplay their interest. But their biggest issue may be luring Fielder with little immediate prospect of winning.

The Rangers, a team that came out of the woodwork to sign Adrian Beltre last winter, have suggested that they are "unlikely'' to sign Fielder based mostly on requests for a deal of eight to 10 years. They are clearly still involved after signing Yu Darvish. Though they don't seem likely to be the high bidder, they remain hopeful that a chance to be part of one of the game's great lineups will enhance their chances.





Category: MLB
Comments

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:12 am
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

Haha,  he's a Tiger!  Have fun American League!  The Tigers are not going away anytime soon.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

For what it's worth.......my gut says one of the mystery teams is the Marlins. Prince grew-up in Florida. Once you have lived there, your destined to go back. 



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

The Nats paid Werth over $182,00 per rbi in 2011, therefore Prince would have to guarantee that he can lower his rbi cost to $150,000 or less for this move to make any sense. Baseball is all about sensible economics.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

The Nats paid Werth over $182,00 per rbi last season, therefore unless Fielder can guarantee an rbi for every $150,00 I just do not believe he is worth signing. It is all about sensible economics.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

Prince is going to the tigers



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

I just heard Detroit.  9 years for 200 million.



Since: Jun 1, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

The reason why his weight is a problem, is because it makes him a defensive liability.  Think of how many errors he would have if he actually could get to a ball.  He's a great DH and that's about it.  And like you stated he is not Mr. Clutch.  Thanks for the memories, but good bye Prince.  I'm actuall looking forward to seeing what Mat Gamel can do playing everyday. 



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

I really hope that the Nationals don't sign him, I don't think he is a very good fit with the team. They have a decent number of bats and 2 players on the roster that can play first. I think he is better suited for the O's. 



Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

I guess I don't know why everyone thinks his weight is a problem sure he is big but he has not missed a game and for a big guy runs well I think. My issue was he is not clutch it seemed like if he came up and the Crew needed a hit he choked more often then he delivered especially in the playoffs. Now a guy like Braun I have confidence he will do something good in a big spot as he has proven he can do. Although he always has Prince behind him, but we will see how much that matters this year I guess.



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Prince field 4 or 5 teams; Nats, O's, Rangers in

If he was wise, he'd take what Washington deals him.  I dont think the Rangers need him and I don't think he wants to go the the O's.  He should probably remain in the NL as interleague hitters don't often fare well.  with that being said, the Nats seem like the only logical choice.  But then again he may suddenly end up a Padre...



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