Prince Fielder Rumors: Monday

The latest on free agent slugger Prince Fielder

  • Fielder is too pricey to fit into the Dodgers' plans, writes Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times. That point is illustrated by GM Ned Colletti's rhetorical response when asked about the free agent slugger on Monday: "Can we sign Prince for $3 million this year and $30 million the next year?"
  • Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik seemed to suggest today that the Mariners have discussed Fielder with Scott Boras, writes MLB.com's Greg Johns. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times views the GM's comments as a sign that the M's are in a holding pattern, waiting to see if Fielder's price tag will come down.
  • The Nationals are focused on pitching, and won't be a player for Fielder or Albert Pujols, a Nats source tells Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio (Twitter link).
  • The Brewers are indicating that they're out of the running for Fielder and are moving on, tweets ESPN.com's Buster Olney.
  • The market for Fielder appears to be shrinking, hears Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel from team executives.
  • A person who knows Fielder tells ESPN's Jerry Crasnick comfort is important to the slugger and he's not necessarily going to chase the most money.
  • The Orioles are interested in Fielder, confirmed GM Dan Duquette.  However, Duquette also told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he doesn't want fans to get their hopes up.  The Orioles' interest in Fielder is the secret mandate of owner Peter Angelos, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  I think a team's owner will be involved no matter where Fielder signs.


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106 Comments on "Prince Fielder Rumors: Monday"


3 years 8 months ago

Well at least Duquette tells us more, unlike MacFail, I can neither confirm, nor deny. Also, if he did confirm something, it was always something I never wanted confirmed!

Anyway, I hope we stay away from Fielder. I do not want him!

Henry
3 years 8 months ago

Why dont we want him. On the other hand we are also interested in Ortiz which we have no chance but Damon we might get

OhthePossibilities
3 years 8 months ago

Duquette isn’t actually interested in Ortiz.

OhthePossibilities
3 years 8 months ago

Duquette isn’t actually interested in Ortiz.

3 years 8 months ago

I think Fielder would be a huge asset to Baltimore. He provides an instant boost in the lineup and has proven he’s good with the leather too. He would make everyone in the lineup better and give Markakis protection. The pitching staff would be thrilled as well.

Bob9988
3 years 8 months ago

Count Seattle out now.

baseballbloger77
3 years 8 months ago

Why?

3 years 8 months ago

Prince needs to be a cubby i want him to smash balls out of the park and i mean out of the park

3 years 8 months ago

Him or Pujols will do.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

“i want him to smash balls out of the park and i mean out of the park”

Ortiz could do that for ya.. Think Epstein could find a designated “Fielder” for him…..

Joe
3 years 8 months ago

Oh trust me we won’t get our hopes up!!

3 years 8 months ago

 fielder would paint eutaw street bronze. the orioles aren’t ready, but if they want a power hitting 1B in the next couple years, this is their best bet with NYY, BOS, and NYM seemingly out, and LAA and LAD being quiet so far. glad pujols is a FA this year as well.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

So this is the new, kinder, gentler Duquette I’ve heard so much about?

How nice to spare the fans feelings by crushing their hopes before they can even be raised.

Manny Being Manny
3 years 8 months ago

It would be a great fit for the Orioles. They’d have one of the top offenses in baseball if they were to fit him into that cleanup spot… they were already like 4th in homers last year.

They just gotta hope they can score more than they give up!

3 years 8 months ago

Who in the current Oriole line-up would provide protection for Fielder? No one!

3 years 8 months ago

Reynolds or Jones

3 years 8 months ago

hahaha! You can’t be serious.

3 years 8 months ago

yea im serious they can handle it, its not that hard to just add protection. Yes Reynolds will strikeout a lot but hes still gonna give you 35 homers a year and you cant just pitch around both of them. Without the chance that one of them will hit a homerun.  

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

if you pitch around fielder, he will probably walk

if you pitch around reynolds, he will probably strike out

djones83
3 years 8 months ago

You do realize that Mark Reynolds has a pretty high walk rate right?

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

he’s actually never looked up stats in his life, he just makes stuff up.

… but in all seriousnes..

Reynolds has a career obp of .331.. he does take his walks, but he doesn’t make enough contract to get on base at a good rate

3 years 8 months ago

If the Orioles only added Fielder, they would be looking at a lineup something like this:

2B Roberts/LF Reimold
RF Markakis
SS Hardy
1B Fielder
DH Reynolds
CF Jones
C Wieters
3B Davis/Andino
LF Reimold/2B Andino

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

Not a bad offense, but they’d still have one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball. You’d think they’d bat Jones third and Hardy sixth, though.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Why does Fielder need protection?

SunsetStripper
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly.  He had Casey McGehee hitting behind him most of the year.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Because he doesn’t have the financial security of a long term deal yet and isn’t quite convinced he can support children.

Oh, you meant lineup protection? Yeah, that’s a myth.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Oy ve.  Again with the protection. 

mypoorbuccos
3 years 8 months ago

Who in Milwaukee was providing protection for him the past few seasons?

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

Uh, Ryan Braun?

LarrySellers
3 years 8 months ago

How so?  Braun hitting 3rd and Prince hitting 4th does not equal “protection”.

The 5 spot in MKE was a platoon of Corey Hart, Casey McGehee, and Rickie Weeks.

cubfever7
3 years 8 months ago

Protection doesn’t necessarily have to come from the 5th spot for a cleanup hitter–it’s preferable but if Braun is on base alot they”re forced to give Fileder better pitches or if Braun is hot then they have to be careful with him and again Fielder gets better pitches

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Which is why Fielder is not necessarily a savvy move. He makes an already pretty good offense better, but leaves them with much less room to fix their real problem of an absolutely awful pitching corps. People tend to quietly forget that the Orioles actually had a better offense than the Rays and Phillies last year (They missed top ten status by a single point in wOBA).

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

The only problem there is that the Orioles aren’t willing to offer the types of contracts the free agent starters are willing to sign.

Andy MacPhail was against anything more than three years for starters, and Duquette seems to agree with that sentiment.

So, when the dust settles after what I expect to be a crazy winter, I’ll bet that the Orioles end up falling short on Fielder as well as the handful of FA starters they might be interested in.

Henry
3 years 8 months ago

U never know.anything can happen at winter meetings

legaryd
3 years 8 months ago

Well, also the O’s owner Peter Angelos makes you beg at his feet for your paycheck every other week.  That contract clause has a tendency to rub free agents the wrong way.

3 years 8 months ago

Top Offenses?  Except we could never get anyone on base. They hit a lot of homeruns with the bases empty. Their offense was average thats it. I would love to see Prince with the O’s at the right price, but the chances of that are slim at best.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Duquette seems brash enough to do it thought, doesn’t he?

I can honestly see something like 7/160 happening. Not that it would be a good decision for the O’s.

Anyway…

The Marlins are most likely out after spending all of that money on Bell and Reyes.

Pujols seems destined to end up staying in St. Louis.

The Cubs have the cash, but I see them restructuring/rebuilding more this year and next year, especially with Joey Votto coming up on free agency in 2014.

I can’t see any other NL team giving Fielder/Boras the years they’re looking for.

So that leaves the Orioles, Mariners and Blue Jays.

I’ll be he ends up with one of those three…

3 years 8 months ago

I am still scared the yankees or redsox are gonna come out and be like nope we signed him. Full time DH. For some reason i could see that happening.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

I definitely don’t see the Red Sox doing that, but it doesn’t seem that far out of the realm of possibility for the Yankees.

Of course, the Yanks are in desperate need of another starter, so they’ll probably be focusing their funds on Wilson and/or Darvish.

niched
3 years 8 months ago

The Yanks won’t do it because they need to leave the DH spot open for A-Rod or Jeter when it becomes obvious they can’t play in the field anymore. Plus they already have Montero

Mikey Roederer
3 years 8 months ago

Dude…chances of Votto hitting FA in 2014 are about as good as Soto hitting 25 hr every year until then. In theory it could actually happen, but seriously do you really think it will? Voto will be locked up long before then

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

After seeing the contracts that Mark Teixeira, Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Howard have signed, as well as the contracts that Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder will sign, do you really think that Votto, who will hit free agency at 30 with at least one MVP Award under his belt, is going to pass up on free agency?

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

One of your examples actually passed up free agency, just so we’re all clear.

Additionally, if Votto does hit free agency, there’ll be six teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Phillies and whoever signs Pujols and Fielder) who won’t have a spot for him. Signing an extension if it’s commensurate with what Teixeira or Gonzalez got may be the smart move for him as the list of teams that will pay for him may be very thing for him by then, especially if any of Smoak, Freeman, Belt, Rizzo and Trumbo catch on.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Indeed he did.

But Howard got 5/125 from the Phillies. There’s no way the Reds could afford that kind of deal.

3 years 8 months ago

By who? Not the Reds. That means they would have to move him to a team that would be willing to extend him. Votto would then have to want to be extended. If the Reds move him only a season before FA, why wouldn’t he just wait to hit FA and cash in?

3 years 8 months ago

The Orioles needed a leadoff hitter last year and they would have been really good offensively.

3 years 8 months ago

In other news, I’m interested in Elisha Cuthbert. I am “cautiously confirming” that I may see her one day and steal her away from her millionaire boyfriend captain of the Maple Leafs.

ellisburks
3 years 8 months ago

I met her once in Summerside PEI at a town hall thing where her bf was being honoured for something. I sat beside her for a lobster dinner. I talked with her for a while about Toronto and mutual friends. She is an absolute delight! And just as hot in person as she is on the screen.

Todd Smith
3 years 8 months ago

Dan Duquette says you shouldn’t get your hopes up.

3 years 8 months ago

The same guy who thinks he has a shot at Fielder? Man… I’m getting excited!

niched
3 years 8 months ago

The O’s are one of the few teams with the money to spend and the need for a first base slugger.  If their only real competition are the Cubs, Brewers and Mariners, they certainly have a shot.  And I could see the Cubs passing on him because he’s a better fit on an AL team.  Still, I bet Fielder passes on Baltimore unless the O’s really overpay.

3 years 8 months ago

niched, it sounds like you are getting your hopes up

niched
3 years 8 months ago

Not really. Even if the O’s offered the best deal, they have a track record of losing that is a turn off to a great player like Fielder.  But if there was a year the O’s could sign a top first baseman — with the Yanks, Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, Mets and a lot of other teams not looking for one — this is the year to do it.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 8 months ago

He won Boston a Championship, and then Cherrington won the other for Boston. LOL. Theo is funny.

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

God made two of them?

danistheguy
3 years 8 months ago

Lol, Duquette is growing on me. I actually appreciate the honesty and if we’re going to suck every year, we might as well have a GM that isn’t afraid to open his mouth. He’s interesting. Already fixing international scouting, which is priority #1 anyway, so any free agent hot stove jive is a bonus.  It’s just such a nice change of pace from MacPhail.

the_insomniac
3 years 8 months ago

It’s hard to tell where Prince is gonna land. I originally thought the Rangers but that may handcuff them when trying to extend/resign Hamilton. Toronto seems like a good fit but it seems AA isn’t willing to shop this offseason other than with what he believes are pressing needs of the team. Baltimore could just land him. But probably not. Looks like he could stay in Milwaukee after all.

$3081341
3 years 8 months ago

Looks like a legit possibility now if indeed the market for him is rapidly shrinking, which I sincerely hope it is. 

the_insomniac
3 years 8 months ago

It’s hard to tell where Prince is gonna land. I originally thought the Rangers but that may handcuff them when trying to extend/resign Hamilton. Toronto seems like a good fit but it seems AA isn’t willing to shop this offseason other than with what he believes are pressing needs of the team. Baltimore could just land him. But probably not. Looks like he could stay in Milwaukee after all.

3 years 8 months ago

Fielder would hit 40+ bombs annually. Between 81 games at Camden Yards and away games at NY, Boston, Toronto… lots of ballparks known for offense. He would absolutely rake.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

meaninglessly

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

meaninglessly

3 years 8 months ago

Fielder would hit 40+ bombs annually. Between 81 games at Camden Yards and away games at NY, Boston, Toronto… lots of ballparks known for offense. He would absolutely rake.

CommissionerBart
3 years 8 months ago

Perhaps you are old enough to remember the O’s big investment in another slugging first basemen who came over from the NL, that being Glenn Davis of the Houston Astros. He was a total flop.  He had averaged about 30 HR and 95 rbi a year for the Astros. In Baltmore he averaged about 10 HR and 50 rbi a year for the few years he was there. If you stayed after a game, you could see him walk to centerfield and sit down for an hour or two in the near empty stadium staring at the scoreboard. Supposedly, he was crying legitimate tears of despair and didn’t want to do so in front of his teammates.
 
Moreover, Fielder is Mo Vaughn redux weight and fitness wise. No thank you.

BTW, is it true that Fielder is the world’s fattest vegetarian? Perhaps he is a donutatarian.
 
Of course if Prince wants to swing his regal sceptre for HRs in bandboxish Camden Yards on a 2 or 3 year contract, I’ll gladly buy a half interest in season tickets.
 
Much as Peter Angelos deserves to take a financial bath–he’s such a great humanitarian–I’d hate to see the O’s waste money on a contract longer than that.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

I hear you, but I believe Davis suffered some sort of injury even before his Orioles career began. He was also older than Fielder when each hit free agency.

3 years 8 months ago

He got hurt coming off the plane or something like that

Manny Being Manny
3 years 8 months ago

So because Orioles made one bad move in the past, they should never make another big move?

I shall remind you of another big move they once made… Frank Robinson. It ended up winning them the world series.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

prince fielder is just the 3 top starting pitchers they need to get back in the hunt

CommissionerBart
3 years 8 months ago

I’d rather bring back a very aged Frank Robinson on a 1 or 2 year contract than Fielder for 6 or 7, the last 2-4 years of Fielder’s contract likely being a vast waste. (Or is that a vast waist?)

The O’s organization needs class, and Frank would bring it!

OH wait….I forgot….Angelos has alienated Frank, Brooks, Earl, and Cal….so their participation in Orioles-related activities is limited.

Oh dear….now that I think about it….Angelos, being KING Peter the Great, wouldn’t want a Prince in the house anyway. NO other royalty of any kind allowed !! Angleos is the star! It has gotta be that way, you see. (Oh, you don’t….well King Peter says OFF WITH YOUR HEAD !)

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Of course, the ’66 Orioles had Dave McNally, Steve Barber, Wally Bunker returning from the ’65 team. And they also had a kid named Jim Palmer.

If the current O’s had that kind of pitching staff, signing Fielder would make all the sense in the world.

But they don’t.

So it doesn’t.

3 years 8 months ago

albert bell

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

Mo Vaughn is actually a good comp, as is Prince’s dad, Cecil.

Both of those guys were essentially done by age 33. Which is a good reason for teams to limit their offers to Prince to five or six years.

I honestly doubt anyone will offer more than six.

3 years 8 months ago

Horrible comparison, Prince’s career (6+ seasons. 3527 AB) slash line is 282/390/540 with 230 home runs.  Glenn Davis?  His cost controlled years in Houston (3032 AB) produced a 262/379/482 line with 166 Home Runs.  Prince will sign as a free agent as a 27 year old, Davis was 30. 

The knock on Prince seems to be his weight slowing him in his 30’s.  I truly believe that the type of player that chooses to play nearly every inning (he has missed a grand total of 13 games in 6 seasons) will lose weight if his career rides on it. Howard lost the weight to get 25 mil/year, Prince will also if a team asks/demands that he do so. It was just never an issue with the Brewers.

Jack
3 years 8 months ago

He wasnt a free agent, the Orioles traded for him. Pete Schilling, and a couple other guys who had very solid careers

niched
3 years 8 months ago

Rafael Palmeiro says hello (for better or for worse). Besides, Glenn Davis wasn’t a free agent. The O’s traded for him, and it was a horrible trade for them in retrospect. Still, it doesn’t mean the O’s will never make big trades again.

3 years 8 months ago

So should I read between the lines and come to the conclusion that Prince was never comfortable in Milwaukee? If he’s not about chasing top dollar, why not remain a Brewer?

$3081341
3 years 8 months ago

Kind of my thoughts as well. If its more about comfort, why not stay where your at. He gets along well with Braun & all them from what I can tell. Its not like they low balled you either. Take the money, stay where your at. Make the fans of Milwaukee happy. :)

3 years 8 months ago

Come on Anthopolous, take a risk and sign Fielder!  The man would complete one of the most fierce 3-4 combos in Jays history!

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

That Jays lineup would be sick, especially if they resign KJ

Escobar, Rasmus, Fielder, Bautista, Lawrie, Lind, Johnson, Arencibia, Snider/Thames

That’s a contender. If the Jays could get a starter to slot in behind Romero (Garza, maybe?) and a closer that isn’t Frank Francisco or Jon Rauch, they’re in business.

3 years 8 months ago

Fielder before Bautista? Really?

3 years 8 months ago

particularly doesn’t make sense because he put it so that it went R, L, L, R,R, L, L, R.  

3 years 8 months ago

If they got prince, I would rather that they went after somebody with less pop and a better OBP to play 2B…(e.g., Izturis or Callaspo).

3 years 8 months ago

So the mariners might have a shot….give him a Lazy Boy in the dugout, Jack Z!

baseballbloger77
3 years 8 months ago

Really quiet from the world of Z makes me think something is about to drop…

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

“comfort is important to the slugger and he’s not necessarily going to chase the most money”

Fielder to Detroit, home of La-Z-Boy Incorporated, as primary DH. Book it. Where else can Fielder play for a contender AND experience ultimate comfort?

(No, don’t really book it. If that actually happens that way, I quite baseball web sites forever)

3 years 8 months ago

Anaheim California might be full of Immigrants but move up the 5 towards the beach and you’ll find peace/comfort AS AN ANAHEIM ANGEL! SIGN FIELDER, JERRY!!

3 years 8 months ago

Hope you like Wells!