Prince Fielder Seeks $200MM

The magic number for Prince Fielder could be $200MM, tweets SI's Jon Heyman – $25MM a year over eight years.  I don't see that happening, but here's the latest as Scott Boras dines with mystery teams on Fielder's behalf…

  • The Brewers are not giving up on Fielder, tweets Heyman.  He says owner Mark Attanasio and GM Doug Melvin met with Boras on Tuesday, and Attanasio is mulling what to offer.  Attanasio expects a long process.  The Brewers have no intention of making an offer Boras can shop to other clubs, tweets Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
  • In Parma, Italy last Saturday for a European tour of MLB players, Fielder was asked if he'll be in Milwaukee next year.  He joked with the kids, "No, but I don't know where I will go, perhaps to Parma."  That's a translation courtesy of ESPN's Keith Law of this article, found via Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
  • Marlins president Larry Beinfest wouldn't rule out Fielder if the Albert Pujols possibility falls through, tweets Heyman.  Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said yesterday he wouldn't envision a run at Fielder if he fails to re-sign Pujols.


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59 Comments on "Prince Fielder Seeks $200MM"


Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t pay Fielder above 150MM/8yr… but I guess I don’t own a baseball team either.

Lastings
3 years 9 months ago

Heavy salary, for a heavy man. What do you expect?

diesel2410
3 years 9 months ago

Fielder should NOT be getting Pujols money. Enough said

TXHC
3 years 9 months ago

$200mm isn’t Pujols money.  I think people are going to soil themselves when they see what Pujols actually signs for.

Louie Proudpoppa
3 years 9 months ago

come on fatty lets go to the mariners

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

“come on fatty lets go to the mariners”

More like go to the “Marines” and lose that tub of his, cause chances are more of the draft getting reinstated and his ending up in the Army/Marines than getting the 200m Boras is dreaming of.

3 years 9 months ago

Boras almost always get’s what he wants for his clients…don’t be surprised.

3 years 9 months ago

Stay away M’s! 

Sniderlover
3 years 9 months ago

Ahaha, seriously? That’s nuts.

But it wouldn’t surprise me if they found a sucker who was willing to give that much.

not_brooks
3 years 9 months ago

No one will offer 8/200, but someone wil offer something like 6/160, or something along those lines. Seven years is a slight possibility.

You’ve got to compare Prince to Cecil here, and Cecil was basically done by the time he was 33. Eight years for Prince would be insane. No one is going to offer Prince a contract that’s going to take him into his 35-year-old season.

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 9 months ago

Seriously, I thought the Ryan Howard ‘deal’ was absurd. If I was a team, there is no way I’d be paying 26M+ a year for 6 years of Prince. Unlike SS and CF, big hitting 1B do grow on trees. I am sure that you could replace him with someone for less than 15MM and barely see a drop in prodcution. 

not_brooks
3 years 9 months ago

You’re absolutely right. And I would add big hitting corner outfielders to your argument.

But…

11 of the 20 highest paid players in 2011 were either first basemen or corner outfielders.

Based on average annual salary, five of the top 10 highest paid players in MLB history were either first basemen or corner outfielders.

Based on the value of the entire contract, four of the top 10 highest paid players in MLB history were either first basemen or corner outfielders.

Just because it doesn’t really make sense doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 9 months ago

A good point. Hopefully one considered by owners. I feel like it’d be more difficult to replace a decent corner OF. There are only so many Matt Holiday-esque players and too often is one overpaid in hopes that they are. Crawford, Bay, Werth were clearly overpaid and aren’t worthy to be paid that much. 

There are 25+ 1B with a positive WAR of at least 1.0 this past season alone. It’s supposed to be a big hitting position. Surely you can reallocate the 10+MM elsewhere that year on a roster. It’s more than 10% of a budget for most teams. 

Javier Salazar
3 years 9 months ago

you’ve got to compare prince to cecil here?  Why?  there is no comparison.  Two different people regardless of genetics. 

Prince has more than proved himself.  He should get paid.

Cubbie
3 years 9 months ago

Good point

jordan4giants
3 years 9 months ago

Boras is saying he wants a 200mill contract, that means teams are talking in the 130-150 range. Always subtract 25-30% from any Boras statement to obtain actual player value.  

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

subtract 100% when referencing Rick Ankiel.

jordan4giants
3 years 9 months ago

Scott Boras and a GM walk into a bar
Boras: beer please
Bartender: 10 dollars
Boras: That’s a ripoff!
GM: I was about to say the exact same thing 

miamiroc
3 years 9 months ago

Boras is completely batshit crazy.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 9 months ago

*adopt best Scott Boras voice*

Fielder’s power numbers are comparable to those of Pujols.  In addition, he is four years younger, assuming Pujols’s age is accurate.  Teams can be assured of getting a much better value from Fielder over the length of the contract.

One team has already offered 7 years / $195 million, but for only $5 million more, you get an 8th year of service.

*end Boras voice*

3 years 9 months ago

I don’t see that happening, but here’s the latest as Scott Boras dines with mystery teams on Fielder’s behalf…This is exactly what I was thinking!
1.) Mystery Team & Scott Boras: It just isn’t a “Happening” free Agency period without those two key ingredients. Speaking of ingredients…it leads me to number two!

2.) Dining, yes Dining! Dining is a big part of Prince Fielders’ life which leads me to number three!

3.) Does Prince Fielder want to be paid 200 million in American Dollars or Hamburgers?!?

Yeah you can say he’s a “Vegetarian”, I don’t believe that for second, but if he is offer him 200 million in crab cake then LOL!

NickinIthaca
3 years 9 months ago

Last I heard, crab cakes weren’t vegetarian either…

3 years 9 months ago

Always, good to see you, Nick!

You forget that Prince could be a Pescetarianism. Therefore, the Maryland Blue Crab would be A – Ok. Also, Prince might like Smith Island Cake to wash down all those vegatables and enjoy Maryland Hospitality!

not_brooks
3 years 9 months ago

Prince is actually a vegan.

And it is possible to be an unhealthy vegan. Overeating is basically the same regardless of what you’re eating. And a lot of the vegetarian/vegan foods that imitate meat are absolutely terrible for you because of how high they are in sodium and artificial ingredients.

3 years 9 months ago

I’ll gladly give you a home run Tuesday for a veggie burger today.

3 years 9 months ago

I’m seeking $200 MM too.  Prince may have a slightly better chance than me, but just slightly.

3 years 9 months ago

I bet if you had Boras backing you, you might be able to pull in at least $100,000.

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

It looks like the Marlins are serious about signing a big free agent. I heard they offered Pujols 9/225, and Reyes 6/90. Know it looks like they will offer Fielder maybe 6/150.

3 years 9 months ago

I’m not opposed to Attansio mortgaging his future on an 8-yr deal

Kenny St John
3 years 9 months ago

the English (albeit rough) translation about Fielder and Milwaukee…”No, but I don’t know where I’ll go, let’s go Parma”

Coppernob
3 years 9 months ago

Translation of the Q&A:
Will you beat Bond’s HR Record?
“Do you want the truth? I think about it often”
What do you feel when you hit a HR?
“Just think of what gives you the most pleasure to do in the world, that is what hitting an HR feels like”
Will you stay in Milaukee?
“No, but i don’t know where I will go, maybe to Parma [the Italian town for the Exhibition]

It will be tough as it will take more than $200 million

Lastings
3 years 9 months ago

In the article he was also referred to as the FORMER Milwaukee first baseman, found that premature and interesting.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 9 months ago

I get that Fielder is fat, but for a fat guy he stil has some wheels (for a fat guy) and he can still put a charge into one. I dont get why everyone is bashing his weight, hes fat we have known this for awhile.But hell no fatty you arent getting 200 mil

Mikey Roederer
3 years 9 months ago

I realize that he is a bigger guy, but at his age a 6-7 yr deal wouldn’t be that bad..He was THE only person to play every game last season, THE ONLY…so obviously it isn’t a factor yet and won’t be for quiet a while

3 years 9 months ago

I think the problem is that when it does become a factor, the drop off is likely to be more significant.

3 years 9 months ago

When I finally emerged from the dressing room, the children could not believe. Not only were they, but they were all dressed as they are accustomed to seeing them on television, each wearing the uniform of his team: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins.
Seven players from Major League, yesterday afternoon in Parma, available for a workout with our kids. Who arrived in more than 400, between 8 and 15 years, from Italy, they too strictly divided: Bologna, Catania, Bolzano, Vercelli, Florence, Teramo …
The eighth star in the Major, the only undercover as a former player, Bobby Bonilla, who won the World Series in 1997, the group said external: “You and I have one thing in common, we are baseball players.” For very small not exploding with pride.
In its simplicity was a great afternoon of baseball. Something never seen before. To give an idea: the last time that a group of pro ‘Americans had been in Italy was the 1889 (!), When Spalding organized demonstrations in Rome and Naples. This time is called European Big League Tour, organized by Parma Baseball and Studio Ghiretti.
Before it was moved to Utrecht, Amsterdam and Prague, as Rick VandenHurk idea, one of the seven big, pitcher Dutch Baltimore. “When I was a kid in Holland, I dreamed of going to see my idols MLB – said -. Now that I am a bigleaguer I thought about doing this. And in the end was not too difficult to involve other players. ” To each of whom gave a bracelet: “It says:” Bring baseball Olympics “, we want it all.”
So his fellow Orioles, Adam Jones, and then Roger Bernadine (Washington), Dexter Fowler (Colorado), Mike Stanton (Florida) and Grag Halman (Seattle). “I was there in Parma have already been to see my sister,” said the latter, the brother of Naomi, basketball player of our A-1, the former Parma, now in Faenza.
But above all the kids waiting for him, Prince, Prince Fielder, in muscles and tattoos. The star of the afternoon. The former Milwaukee first baseman, All-Star Game MVP last, in these hours in the middle of the market, yet available to answer a thousand questions of children.”Record-breaking home run to Bonds?».”You want the truth? I think we really are. “”What do you feel when home runs?”.”Think what you like doing in the world, here, a boundary is.””You’ll be in Milwaukee?”.”No, but I do not know where to go, perhaps in Parma.”It will be tough: it will take more than 200 million.
Then, totally out of the program, Jones has proposed a kind of home run race. On the mountain the former blue Gian Guido Poma, manager of National Puppy. A thousand people in the stands to do oooh. Fielder Jones beat. And on behalf of all he promised, “We’ll see you next year.”COMMENTS (1)

inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

….wtf

not_brooks
3 years 9 months ago

One more thought…

Why does everyone react the same way when the crazy Boras numbers start to come out? 

This happens every year, folks. And every year, Boras clients never get what he says they’re worth from the start, but they do get exactly what he expected from the start.

The man is a damn good agent because he knows how to get his clients paid as much as possible. This silly posturing about how this guy is worth what that guy was worth and how this guy is comparable to this Hall of Famer is just part of the act. And that’s all there is to it.

3 years 9 months ago

The Nationals will sign him for the money he wants! Also, they will get one of the top Free Agent pitchers.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 9 months ago

no