NL Central Links: Fielder, Pujols, Batista, Pirates

The two biggest free agents available next winter could potentially come from the NL Central – Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. The Pujols negotiations have been well documented, and it was Fielder's turn to address the issue today when he arrived at the Brewers' camp. Though he declined to comment on his own contract situation, the Brewers slugger also received a few questions about Pujols. Asked whether, as a baseball fan, he wants to see the three-time MVP remain in St. Louis, Fielder replied that he'd like to see Pujols play "where he's happy," tweets's Adam McCalvy. Here are the rest of today's NL Central links:

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  1. invader3k 4 years ago

    Heard Fielder arrived in really good shape. I expect big things from him this season.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      Doesn’t everyone arrive to spring training “in the best shape they’ve been in, in years” or “feeling better than they’ve ever felt”?

      • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

        Generally pretty true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that really was the case given this is a contract year for Fielder and I know he wants to get paid.

      • Donskoy 4 years ago

        Delmon Young arrived in pretty good shape last year and that worked out pretty well for him. Hopefully this helps Prince.

      • invader3k 4 years ago

        Yeah, but people are going to be pretty surprised when they see Prince. Not quite to the extent of Pablo Sandoval’s “transformation,” but along those lines.

  2. Devern Hansack 4 years ago

    I was amazed that Pence won the hearing. If you look at comparable players, they earned much less in terms of salary.

  3. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    I cant wait to see Batista in the pin for the Cardinals, Duncan is gonna work magic with that guy

  4. Wow……someone who actually thought the Howard extension was a good thing. Who would’ve thought?

    I’m kidding, I didn’t even read the article.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      You are right on. He said the Phillies saved money because they didn’t wait for the market to be set by other first baseman. It wasn’t a very good article, I wouldn’t waste your time reading it.

  5. jondogg2010 4 years ago

    Surprised? Pence is very consistant and the deal was still below what many RF’s are getting that perform at a similar level. It’s called the Astros as pretty darn close to being cheap skates.

  6. syphercx 4 years ago

    Joe Struass reported it on the Bernie Miklasz show earlier this week, in Alberts contract these teams Angels, Dodgers, Astros and Marlin are the only ones he would accept a trade to before his 5 and 10 kicked in. Thats why you don’t see the Sox on the list.
    I have read a hand full of other articles that spoke on the teams in which Albert would accept a trade with, I believe all where from The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

  7. syphercx 4 years ago

    Here is a tweet from Derrick Goold (a reporter for the St. Louis post dispatch) that basically backs that up. Goold and Miklasz are the best reporters to trust. I don’t believe anything out of Buster Olneys mouth unless I hear it from them either first or soon after.

    Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold (@dgoold) reminded his followers in a tweet that last November Albert Pujols submitted his list of teams to which he would accept a trade. Among them: the Marlins, Astros, Angels and Dodgers. No doubt Pujols put the Marlins on the list fully aware they likely didn’t have the financial wherewithal to keep him long-term even if they could acquire him.

  8. syphercx 4 years ago

    The tweet does not back that up?

  9. syphercx 4 years ago

    Boston was on his no trade list before his 5 and 10 rights kicked in.

  10. syphercx 4 years ago

    “The only thing I could find were rumors that the Angels, Dodgers, Astros and Marlins were on the list but no mention of the Sox.”

    This is what you posted, your post sounded like this was the list of teams Albert would not accept a trade to. They are the only teams in which he would accept a trade to, is what I’m saying. It doesn’t mention the sox because he did not add them to the list of teams he would accept a trade to. If a team is not on one its on the other.

    I felt Goolds tweet was solid proof, if you would like I can dig some more, however you have succeed in being completely rude if thats what you intended to do.

  11. RedSoxDynasty 4 years ago

    Now we know where that 30lbs that CC lost went! Lol!

  12. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    It’s probably not public because it changed every year. Before every season Albert chose 8 teams to NOT be on the no trade list. A trade to any of the other 21 teams would require Albert’s approval. At least this is how I understand it.

  13. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    ” I would like proof. I think its BS to post a comment like “Boston is on his no trade list” and then not be able to back it up… Just curious, would that apply to the statement ” Joba didn’t. He added 30 pounds of fat this off season… as well??

  14. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    Cashman didn’t comment about how much weight he gained.The article didn’t say that he gained 30 pounds nor that it was fat, but you know it to be a fact. I guess its not BS then.

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