The Nationals are showing “serious interest” in Prince Fielder, though talks with the free agent first baseman hit a roadblock today, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Nationals view Yoenis Cespedes as an alternative to Fielder and revisited talks with the Cuban outfielder after talks with Fielder slowed.
Fielder is the Nationals’ top offensive target, according to Rosenthal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports wrote earlier today that the Cubs, Rangers and Mariners are believed to be suitors for the 27-year-old Scott Boras client.
Meanwhile, Cespedes hasn’t established himself as a temporary resident of the Dominican Republic, which he must do to become a free agent. However, he may successfully establish residency soon and then petition MLB to hit the open market. Cespedes has drawn interest from at least ten teams and may seek a contract in the $35-60MM range.