Prince Fielder Rumors: Thursday

While there's no guarantee that Prince Fielder will sign soon, he will be off of the market by Spring Training. Agent Scott Boras told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that he intends to complete a deal for the powerful 27-year-old before March.

"Certainly we're going to have him signed well in advance of Spring Training," Boras said. "I can't give you the exact date. These things take some time. That's why we have January and early February. Spring Training doesn't start until late February."

Boras is in Phoenix, where owners have gathered for their quarterly meetings, to discuss Fielder and other clients, such as Edwin Jackson. Here are the latest rumors on Fielder:

  • There are more teams involved than the ones that have been reported and most of the unnamed teams are from the National League, a source close to the situation told Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle.  At present, it appears that the Mariners are lying in the weeds and aren't at the front of the pack.
  • The Blue Jays are not a serious suitor for Fielder, multiple people in the industry told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).   Fielder's price and years would need to come way down for Toronto to get involved.
  • The Brewers invited Fielder back on a one-year contract that would have set him up for a mega-deal with the Dodgers next winter, once the team has a new owner in place, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times tweets. However, Boras showed no interest in the Brewers' proposal. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt says he's "not going to talk about" Fielder, Shaikin tweets.
  • The Dodgers aren’t currently involved in the Fielder sweepstakes, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets.
  • There are strong indications that the Marlins aren’t pursuing Fielder aggressively, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Boras touched base with owners including Jeffrey Loria of the Marlins yesterday, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported.
  • The Nationals are “patiently and aggressively” pursuing Fielder, Kilgore reported.
  • Exchanging information with Fielder’s suitors takes time because “he's going to be there a long time, wherever he's going,” Boras told Bloom.


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120 Comments on "Prince Fielder Rumors: Thursday"


jaydestro
3 years 6 months ago

i know content is hard to come by lately, but jesus… this is a reach.

Ronlacroix
3 years 6 months ago

You got that right, Jay. Add one more quote for the Nationals. Undoubtedly, Fielder won’t be signing with them.

jb226
3 years 6 months ago

Who WILL he be signing with?  The Yankees and Red Sox were never in, the Cubs are out, the Angels are out, the Brewers have said they’re out, the White Sox were never in, the Dodgers have a financial black hole until the team is sold, the Orioles have a need but probably have so MANY needs on their team that it isn’t worth bringing Fielder in at this point… the typical players for a free agent of this caliber are simply not realistically in play.

In that context, the Nationals are as good a possibility as any.  They have the money, the need, and are probably looking to contend as soon as this year or next.  

At this point the only teams I could see doing something are the Blue Jays (who seem disinterested, at least at the current terms), Rangers (who probably only come into play if things fall through with Darvish), Mariners ($4MM to spend?), Marlins (who have maintained their disinterest), Nationals and Cardinals (only if the years he’s asking for drop significantly) and Giants (who have not been connected though I don’t know why not).    Pretty much every single team on that list has at least claimed they’re not interested or don’t have the money.  Maybe they’re just playing it close to their chest, but who knows.

If Fielder is going to get a mega deal, the Nationals are probably the most realistic choice.  I’d call the Dodgers a possible surprise if they think it will help the sale price, but with a hard deadline to sell the team they don’t have a ton of leverage; it would basically be a potential buyer calling McCourt up and going “I’ll bid $X for the team and $X+Y if you go sign Fielder.”  If his asking price drops significantly some of these teams will end up back in the discussion, but it is hard to know who without knowing what those new terms may be.

formerdraftpick
3 years 6 months ago

You are just encouraging this article by writing so many words. I am making the assumption he will sign with either a National or American League team.  

Update: I am assuming he will also sign with a baseball team.

johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

What is wrong with Japan?  It worked for his father.

Ronlacroix
3 years 6 months ago

My point is the Nationals keep getting mentioned, for other reasons, but the real winner will probably be someone who is quietly waiting for the right moment to jump in negotiate seriously and make a deal. Could be the M’s….could be someone else. Nationals are getting used to keep Boras’ demand from collapsing.

Vail Beach
3 years 6 months ago

You must mean $X minus Y if you sign Fielder.  Because while he’s an asset in the eyes of a baseball fan, in financial terms, he’s a liability. Thus, McCourt doesn’t need compensation for Fielder’s salary payments — other than maybe the first paycheck, he won’t be the one paying it.  

formerdraftpick
3 years 6 months ago

Well, I guess the real question is, will he sign before the All-Star break? Postseason?

Dem0nBear24
3 years 6 months ago

ORLY?!?!

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

“Which means something could go down somewhere in some way at some point in time, SO LOOK SHARP!”

Coollet
3 years 6 months ago

 He’ll likely sign before spring training but either at a reduced cost or reduced years.

Score: GMs 1, Scott Boras 52

Pretty good track record for Boras

3 years 6 months ago

Tomorrow’s Headline: Bobby Abreu Plans to Take First Pitch He Sees

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Saturday’s headline: Gio Gonzalez’s First Pitch Likely To Be a Ball

3 years 6 months ago

Monday Headline: Yankee bleacher creatures to continue player chants

3 years 6 months ago

jerry dipoto: still wishes vernon wells wasn’t on the team

plain_g
3 years 6 months ago

boras going out of his way again to imply it’s going to be a ‘long’ deal. not sure what he’s trying to prove with that. as outlined by others, market doesn’t look primed to give him 7-8 years.

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 6 months ago

No, Scott. We have January and early February because it’s on the calendar. Not for you to get Fielder signed.

3 years 6 months ago

1 year deal for Fielder would be best since Pujols won the big contract.  Fielder could get resigned next year when a few teams will have more money coming off the books.  Boras is always full of it when will players learn he is just a con man.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

He may be forced to, but there’s alot more competition for that money next year.  This year, it was Pujols, Fielder or Reyes.  No other position player was gunning for top dollars.

Next year, position players who may hit free agency (if not extended) include:

Yadier Molina, Mike Napoli, Robinson Cano (club option), Brandon Phillips, David Wright (club option), Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn, Curtis Granderson (club option), BJ Upton, and lots of others.  How much money is there going to be available?  Based on the positions they play, I can think of at least four guys on that list I’d rather have than Fielder right now, and that doesn’t take into account how I think players will age.

Even worse, while this year had a relatively weak pitching class (Buehrle and Wilson are ok, but Jackson as the third best available starting pitcher?!), next year is much better:  Matt Cain, Zack Grienke, Shawn Marcum, and Cole Hamels, to name a few.

If I were Fielder, I’d try to make my demands more reasonable and sign something this year.  It may not be out there next year.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

While you make valid points, you can immediately cross Cano and Granderson off that list. Those options will undoubtedly be picked up, even to be traded. Napoli isn’t so special. Phillips will be extended. Wright will be exercised. Hamilton will be nothing more than a platoon player/DH after 2012. BJ Upton is probably one of the better (not in my opinion) free agents. Michael Bourn isn’t anything really all that special either. Comparing him and Fielder is apples and oranges. A whole host of things can happen in one season. Fielder should see this. Montero could be traded for pitching. Teixeria or AGon could have injuries that require them to DH in 2013, who knows. The Orioles may win 82 games, and will be more of a factor next year. 

One thing won’t change however. The Mariners will still suck and no one will want to sign there, so we can keep them scratched off the list. 

I am a little perplexed as to why the Blue Jays are not in on this at all? 

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 6 months ago

If the Jays were in on Fielder, nobody would know as the Jays management have a policy of no publicity prior to a deal (see Wells, Rasmus, KJ, Lawrie, Escobar, etc.).

Officially, however, AA has said that he won’t offer any FA more than 5 years and has restated the low likelihood of signing any big FAs.  

And I don’t think they get bigger than Fielder.  Bazinga!

Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 6 months ago

Has any BIG name free agent signed in Toronto in the past 5 years? Seattle will end up 3rd in their division just like the Blue Jays. Who wants to play in Toronto?!

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

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Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 6 months ago

I asked a valid question and a realistic prediction and the best you can come back with is a silly name? Are you sure you finished all your homework before mom let you on computer? You wanna feel like a big boy before bedtime?

burritolikethesun
3 years 6 months ago

Dude you just got trolled by someone calling you a troll.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

thanks for confirming the extent of your trollness.

Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 6 months ago

 Lol I got ganged up by lunchbox and a burrito, I’m hurt I’m not part of the posse

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

huh? I dont speak troll

3 years 6 months ago

The Nationals are “patiently and aggressively” pursuing Fielder while at the same time being “99% out on Fielder”, depending on who is being quoted… hilarious!

3 years 6 months ago

They’re ‘patiently and aggressively’ pursuing him at a 1% capacity.  What’s wrong with that?      =)

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

What percentage of free agents sign before spring training? Gotta be like 90% at least.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

depends on the free agent.  For lesser free agents, or those coming off of injury, signings happen during spring training and even into the season.  For good free agents (anyone making the top 50), I’d bet its closer to 99%.

The latest signing of this calibur that I can think of was Delgado in 2005, and he was signed late January.

The “best” player not coming off of injury or poor performance that I can remember signing in spring training was Kyle Lohse in 2007 – Boras screwed him over by insisting on a deal that didn’t exist, so he had to take a bad deal from the Cardinals just to pitch (of course, Boras then screwed the Cardinals immediately afterwards by getting a four year extension).

3 years 6 months ago

Has there ever been a comparable to Fielder right now?  A slugger entering his prime, but no real market for him?  I can’t think of any examples at the moment.

At this point, I would not be shocked if he took a one year deal with a contender and tried again next year.

3 years 6 months ago

We are not sure what will happen with Joey Votto but if something goes terribly wrong he could face a similar situation.

dashatt
3 years 6 months ago

How long is Boras going to tie up off season before it gets old. Fielder is a great player but teams need to know one way or the other so they can move on into shoring up lineups way before spring training.

3 years 6 months ago

if boras truly thinks that fielder will sign before spring training, then the asking price is definitely going to have to be closer to reality. otherwise fielder and boras can start their own league and play in La La Land

omavricko
3 years 6 months ago

If anyone can fill the Dodgers black hole it would be Prince Fatty

Jason Klinger
3 years 6 months ago

 Oh, because he’s overweight. I get it.

burritolikethesun
3 years 6 months ago

He’d get spaghettified as he approached the event horizon, duh.

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

He’ll sign with either the Nationals or the Rangers.  Book it. The Nats have to do something.

FillyPhan
3 years 6 months ago

Actually I see the rangers signing Yu and said they don’t have the money for both. The Nats are so hot and cold about it, I see him returning to the crew.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

Can the Brewers even afford him?  They couldn’t afford to resign him for $20+ million before they signed Ramirez, and they were hoping not to be on the hook for $10+ million for K-Rod.  How are they going to come up with the money now?

At some point, he makes financial sense for the Yankees as a DH, or the Blue Jays, Mariners or Marlins to decide they want him.  Heck, even the Cubs will jump in if the price gets low enough.

I think all these things happen before the Brewers are back in the mix.

I’d bet on either the Rangers finding the money, Dodgers jumping in to boost club value before the sale, or the Nationals deciding the price is right.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

with the nats it’s not about price, it’s about years……..they really want to avoid another werth type albatross.i really don’t blame them for taking a pass if fielder demands 6 or more years…….if fielder would go 4, then the nats would do it……..

Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

The Prince contract situation goes a long way into telling us not just what organizations think of him as a player long-term….that seemed almost obvious from the outset….it shows us what organizations think of him as a marketing tool.  He appears like a trojan horse. 

At this point, I’m inclined to believe that Milwaukee should jump back in on a shorter deal.  They have a built-in marketing base for Prince and a team that could actually use him to compete on the field for the next few seasons.

bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

I think if the Brewers can find a way to dump K-Rod, they will bring him back. But that won’t be easy. 

Ronlacroix
3 years 6 months ago

The Nats?? You guys are just being used by Boras to keep the price up on the negotiations. The team that signs him is not being mentioned now because they’re quietly waiting for the right moment to negotiate seriously, i.e. the last minute – Boras’ specialty!