Prince Fielder Rumors: Friday

Yesterday we heard that Scott Boras is "gunning for" an average annual salary of $25.5MM for free agent Prince Fielder, which would be just above the $25.4MM annual payout Albert Pujols received from the Angels. Fielder also wants a ten-year deal, though a number of clubs are interested in a six-year pact. We'll keep track of any news about the slugger right here today, with the latest up top…

  • The Orioles do indeed have interest in Fielder according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter), just not at his current asking price.


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88 Comments on "Prince Fielder Rumors: Friday"


All Day Réy
3 years 7 months ago

Scott Boras needs the gun turned around on him if he thinks Fielders’ gonna top Pujols’ contract.

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

I think the only way Fielder gets 25.5MM a year is if Boras actually uses a gun to hold up some owner.

CrustyJuggler
3 years 7 months ago

I think he can get $25.5MM a year, but he’s smoking something if he thinks it’ll be for 10 years.  My guess is he can top out at 7 years for that kind of asking price.  (7/178.5)

If he wants 8/9/10 years, the $ per year will have to be less.  Still, I pity the team that gives a 5-11/~300lb 27 year old a 10 year contract.

RocknRollFan77
3 years 7 months ago

I agree. If Fielder wasn’t so fat, he could probably match Pujols’ contract. But when you’re only 27 and have that much weight on your frame, it’s only going to get worse the older he gets … unless he chances his eating habbits for good. Doubtful!

EightMileCats
3 years 7 months ago

Fielder isn’t going to get a better deal than Pujols. Pujols is the better all around player and is in physically better shape. Only thing fielder has going for him in comparison is age

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

And pujols is declining, fielder had a much better yr last yr. 

EightMileCats
3 years 7 months ago

One down year isn’t declining. I wouldn’t say declining until there’s a second down year

Becky Lee
3 years 7 months ago

actually Pujols has been declining the last couple of years, but he is still better than Fielder and his body weight is a concern on whether he can hold up, that is why it would serve prince better to be in the AL where he can dh. Fielder won’t come close to what Albert got even though LA majorly overpaid for him

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

“but he is still better than Fielder” Not according to any numbers.

diehardmets
3 years 7 months ago

When Pujols was healthy this year, he was better than Fielder. 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Its been 3

3 years 7 months ago

plus pujols broke his arm and fielder played more games so he had a much higher chance to put up better numbers

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

 I’m pretty sure feilder put up better than before pujols sat out 2 weeks.

All Day Réy
3 years 7 months ago

Its funny how Pujols on supossidly a *down year* had very similar stats to Prince on a contract year.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

 .080 ops isnt that close neither is a 35 pont woba or wrc though it is closer. Even if were the same ones trending down the other up.

Lars Chunks
3 years 7 months ago

It’s a phenomenon how someone so ridiculously fat can manage to be so consistently good while also staying healthy each and every year.  How many players out there have played in 157, 158, 159, 162, 161, and 162 games in each of their last 6 seasons?  Not very many..

CrustyJuggler
3 years 7 months ago

But can you see the headlines in 3 years?  The amount of games he played at a young age will surely be used as an excuse as to why he breaks down when he hits 30.

3 years 7 months ago

Cecil Fielder

159
162
155
154  (1993 at 27..princes age)

109 (strike)
136 (strike)

107
53
98

 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

You have to wonder. How much of this is serious and how much of this is Boras playing a game.

theguy17
3 years 7 months ago

Start wearing purple?  Sac Kings fan? 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

Wrong coast.

It’s the name of my favorite song.

theguy17
3 years 7 months ago

I didn’t really think it was possible that anyone else could actually like that team.  haha

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

Your sanity and wits will all vanish.

Ronlacroix
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly! Boris trades information to journalists in return for them starting rumors about teams being in the hunt. It’s just Boras playing his game.

theguy17
3 years 7 months ago

“The O’s have interest in Fielder, just not his current price.”  Shouldn’t this be true for all 30 teams?

3 years 7 months ago

Actually, some teams have no interest in him at all.

theguy17
3 years 7 months ago

So if his current price was the league minimum not every team would be interested?  It was a joke.  I’m pretty much saying, if you’re not interested in his price, then you’re not interested at all.

3 years 7 months ago

The Orioles do indeed have interest in Fielder according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter), just not at his current asking price.
I don’t want this guy in Baltimore! The fanning of this Prince Fielder to Baltimore Rumor Flame really needs to burn out!
Prince Fielder has a lot of Guts to ask for a 10 year deal, in more ways than one mind you!

PS I would have offered Jose Reyes a 6 yr / 110 million dollar deal before I would have ever offered Fielder 2 bucks for cup of coffee and a donut at is favorite Donut Shop!

m4r1n3r
3 years 7 months ago

That’s nice that you want that for Fielder Boras….. buuut you’re not gonna get it.

Omazing
3 years 7 months ago

Chestnuts roasting on a hot stove fire,
Jack Cust nipping on your nose,
Yuletide rumors being sung by the liars,
Old baseball stars dressed up like Orioles.

Everybody knows a few pitchers who know how to throw,
Would help make the season bright.
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow,
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know Prince Fielder’s on his way;
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh.
And every mother’s child is gonna smile,
To see Prince Fielder’s baseballs fly.

And so I’m offering this simple prayer,
To take the Orioles wins from 1 to 92.
Although it’s been said many times, many ways,
A very Merry Christmas to you.

3 years 7 months ago

I see what you did there

vincentjulian
3 years 7 months ago

All it takes is for one team to be gullible to open up the checkbook and make Boras look like a genius.

feathers
3 years 7 months ago

It wouldn’t make him look like a genius, it would confirm it. I’m not a fan of Boras by any means, but the guy gets the job done and that’s why so many employ him.

xmo2rep
3 years 7 months ago

not a word here about the Cardinals scooping up Carlos Beltran for two years.  Now lets nail Oswald for one year and we can start printing playoff tickets.

scott brecht
3 years 7 months ago

First if all, you are delusional.  Cardinals barely made the playoffs last year with Albert, and now you are talking about printing playoff tickets without him?  Second, who the hell is Oswald?  The character from the Drew Carey show?     

3 years 7 months ago

methinks he meant roy oswalt

bonds2425
3 years 7 months ago

The same guy from balls of fury. Hahaha

nictonjr
3 years 7 months ago

Just like the Red Sox were printing playoff tickets in 2011??  Weren’t the Phillies a lock for the WS around this time last year?? 

3 years 7 months ago

I think Boras has the right idea here go for the higher average salary!  The Angels signed a horrible deal for a guy 9 years after his prime (if his age is correct).  With the Yankees starting to realize that even they can’t sign a bunch of stupid deals like that anymore only a few select stupid teams were going to go full retard for Pujols.  The Marlins were the other more money than brains team this year giving a walking injury a long term big money deal.

3 years 7 months ago

by the time its all said and done i believe fielder will be in baltimore. i feel like his list of suitors is getting smaller and smaller. the rangers are going to spend 100 mil if they sign darvish, the cubs and rays are interested in the padres young first basemen, and the brewers wont be able to afford him. i think it will come down to the orioles and mariners and the orioles are going to pull it off. DD is doing a good job so far signing cheap guys that arent a huge risk and he is putting together a pretty good front office. he is turning things around and prince will be a part of that

Ronlacroix
3 years 7 months ago

I doubt it. The O’s are looking to get him cheap, and the M’s are willing to pay some dough and give him some years. But NOBODY is gonna give him 10 years @ @25m!

3 years 7 months ago

Maybe, but I also think the O’s have a larger wallet than the M’s, if they are willing to spend.  Not sure I want the O’s to get him, because he will certainly have a no-trade clause, but for the right price he would be a welcome addition.

Ronlacroix
3 years 7 months ago

M’s are desperate. They will overspend to get him, despite our GM’s negotiating words. Don’t underestimate Jack – he’s on a mission.

3 years 7 months ago

You should be drinking “Egg Nog” at this time of the year! Not the Dan Duquette Version of Orange Kool-Aid first brought to you by Andy MacPhail!

DD is doing a good job so far signing cheap guys that arent a huge risk and he is putting together a pretty good front office.

1.) Cheap Guys is a No-No!
2.) DD has put more fannies in seats in the “Front Office” than Oriole HQ receiving phone calls inquiring about season tickets. In fact, I am willing to bet more people haven’t renewed their tickets for 2012 because of what Duquette has done so far!

3 years 7 months ago

seems like a blanket statement.  If the guy is cheap, then he must not be worth it!  

scott brecht
3 years 7 months ago

Teams aren’t going to want to wait around much longer on Fielder.  I am surprised somebody hasn’t given up and just signed Pena to a short deal.  

Eric Smith
3 years 7 months ago

Not going to get my hopes up, but if you look at the moves the Os didn’t make(not in on cuddyer, letting Scott walk, and only signing cheap low risk high reward types) they are either A. Reverting back to the stingy BS times or B. saving their wad for Fielder. All the others teams(minus the Mariners) are making moves as if they won’t be in on Fielder.

3 years 7 months ago

all the moves you are referring to were smart ones.  1)They should never have been in on cuddyer, and they weren’t.  2)Scott was going to make 6 million, and they could still resign him, it would just be for cheaper.  He is hardly someone who having a good year is going to bring them into contention.  3) All those stingy BS moves were smart.  All low risk, and a few could turn out to be quite smart (Antonelli, Wada).  Worse case none of them pan out and that is like 8 million down the drain.  But they have a much better chance of contributing than the 8 million they spent on Vlad.  

Eric Smith
3 years 7 months ago

Oh I agree, but usually this is the time of the year we are stuck pretending Sammy Sosa/Garret Atkins/Derrek lee/Vlad are the answers we need. So far I like the moves, but I just wanted to point out that it seemed like they were leaving room for Prince. Sorry if I wasn’t clear on liking these moves made so far.

Randall James
3 years 7 months ago

.312, 42, 117 Pujols
.286, 38, 115 Fielder

Season averages over Pujols’ “decline” seasons. I’d still take Albert (my being an Angels fan notwithstanding).

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Good for you, you now have the 5th best first baseman

3 years 7 months ago

…. ever?  I think he might be better than 5th best ever even.  

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

No in baseball, votto, agon, fielder, miggy are all better at this point. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Offensively.. But when you factor both sides of the game, he’s higher ranked…

If fielder wants 1b money he needs to be judged on both aspects.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

I think the difference in offense makes up for that in terms of miggy, votto and agon dont really have a problem in that regard.

diehardmets
3 years 7 months ago

I’d take Pujols over all of them. Maybe not in 4 years, but right now he is still easily the best, particularly with the chance to rest at DH occasionally. 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

What are you basing this off?

Ronlacroix
3 years 7 months ago

Yea right, Morosi. They’re interested in him if the deal is 4 years @$18m. Now go get a real story instead of spreading rumors for your buddy Boras!

JamesOrLurch
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, who wants to hear about rumors? I don’t come here for that kind of BS.

Ronlacroix
3 years 7 months ago

Legit rumors that are based on leaked info are fine. Fabricated ones suck.

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 7 months ago

If Boras can pull off a 10yr/$25.5MM per deal for Fielder he’s a magician not an agent.  I hope he remembers to include “milestone” incentives in the contract for Fielder.

3 years 7 months ago

I just pictured Boras reading your comment and being like “Argh, I forgot to include the incentives!”

omavricko
3 years 7 months ago

He might have declined but expect his numbers to go up in the DH

Kyle
3 years 7 months ago

Adam Dunn…

3 years 7 months ago

completely different players…  Adam Dunn had a minimal BA, so when his contact rate went down even a little, or he gets a bad BABIP, his value plummets.  Prince hits between .275 and .300 ever year, AND has an awesome walk rate.  It really isn’t a comparison Prince is a much better hitter.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Agon and pujols both have missed more time due to injuries than fielder but ya less all focus on the weight.

3 years 7 months ago

A Merry Christmas for me would be owners and GMs choosing not to deal with Borass this season.

Manny Being Manny
3 years 7 months ago

I’d be okay with the Orioles signing him to a 6 year/140 million dollar contract. No more ten that though.

3 years 7 months ago

I think there will be “better” teams that match that or beat it. He’d have to really want to play for Baltimore.