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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 15, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:55 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

So then why in the world would he go to the Cubs? The Cubs aren't competing with Milwaukee and St Louis anytime soon,
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 Cards without Pujols will not be dominating like they have and Milwaukee losing Prince and Braun facing a 50 game ban why would they worry about Milwaukee? I could definitely see the Yankees coming and and making him a great DH in that stadium and that lineup would just be even more insane. Hope that doesn't happen but I keep seeing it in my head.



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:49 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Why would the Cubs sign Fielder when they're in the middle of a rebuild? Completely stupid.

Whats stupis is you! He is 27 and in a couple years when the rebuild is taking form he will be approaching his prime! Better to secure a young gun early while market is in your favor! Also there are few big bats coming up for free agency in the next few years. 




Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:45 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Why would the Cubs sign Fielder when they're in the middle of a rebuild? Completely stupid.

 Because he is 27 knucklehead and has not even reached full potential yet! Us your noodle. If they start a rebuild then a couple years from now Fielder will only be 29 and in his prime!




Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:39 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I think the Cubbies have there eyes set on Joey Votto.




Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:31 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

GARZA has not been traded! Only rumored to be! Cool



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:43 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

man you cubs fans saying prince is a bad fit here, are probably those same bulls fans saying they are not willing to trade joakim noah for big dwight.  Not landing Prince would be a huge failure by Theo, you guys must think 40 HR power left handed 1st basemen in their prime come around every year.  Even with the best scouting and development in the world there is no guarentee you will even find a hitter half as good as prince in the next 5 years.  There is no down side to signing him with all the payroll coming of the books after 2012 and 2013 you will still have plenty of money for future signings, Theo is a media mastermind and I think he has Prince in the plans.



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:35 pm
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

The Rangers need him badly.  They probably would be world champs if it wasn't for their lack of ability at first this past post season.  Moreland had major head issues when it came to batting and Michael Young was simply a terrible defender. The Rangers can trade Moreland to get something in return and ditch some salary to make Fielder's cash more tolerable.  The Rangers have prospects that can take first when Fielder chubs even more.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:26 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Cubs are where players go for a fat paycheck and their careers to die. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:23 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

I don't see any possible way the Cubs sign Fielder. Look at what they've done thus far: floated Gazra in a trade (I have no idea why), signed DeJesus, and traded for Stewart. They also let two of their top HR/RBI guys walk. To recap, they lost a good chunk of their already bad offense, floated their best starting pitcher in a trade and added two pedestrian guys coming off their worst years. Where in those tea leaves does anyone read a $200 million splash for a defensive liability 1B? Fielder does not track with the other moves they've made, or with anything they've ever said about how they plan to build the team. Remember, a glut of bad spending is what got them in this mess in the first place. Stop chasing big-profile free agents and build something the right way for once.



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:21 am
 

As Brewers move on, Cubs, Mariners look at Prince

Having watched him here in Milwaukee the last few years, I have enjoyed his stay.  Sounds like he is a great team player and he is out there every day.  My problem is he is a liability at 1st.  Why would a National league team sign him to a long term contract?  Yes he is a GREAT hitter.  I think he would fit perfect on an American league team.  Let him play 1st for the next couple of years and then designate hitter once his belly wont allow him to scoop at 1st.


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