2:06pm: The official report came out last night, but for the sake of being thorough, we’ll post it now: the Brewers’ announcement of the deal is official. Haudricourt was close; it’ll be $6.5MM in 2009, and $11.5MM in 2010 for Fielder. There’s also a $1MM signing bonus included.
FRIDAY, 8:47am: Jon Heyman has the Fielder contract details. Look for an announcement later today.
THURSDAY, 8:51pm: According to Haudricourt Fielder passed his physical so the deal is now official. Exact figures are expected tomorrow, but Haudricourt guesses Fielder will earn $7MM this year and $11MM in 2010.
2:50pm: Tom Haudricourt says the Brewers have a deal in place with Fielder for two years and $18MM, pending a physical. Fielder will have his last arbitration year in 2011, after which he’ll be eligible for free agency. It looks like the deal may be announced tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY, 9:44pm: Brewers GM Doug Melvin has confirmed Verducci’s report. "We’ve got some positive things going on," said Melvin. "There’s a possibility of doing it."
6:52pm: As reported by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, SI.com’s Tom Verducci said Wednesday on the MLB Network that the Brewers are working on a two-year deal with Prince Fielder.
Fielder asked for a very affordable $8MM in arbitration on Tuesday. That low bid may have spurred the extensions talks. Haudricourt has an idea of what the numbers might look like if a two-year deal is hammered out:
"If the sides do agree on a two-year deal, it would probably be for $18 million to $20 million. When you figure that Fielder filed for $8 million this year and would be expecting a raise next year with another big season, those numbers make sense."