Nationals Still In On Fielder, Out On Cespedes

The Nationals continue to be in on the Prince Fielder sweepstakes, although the club is not willing to give him a ten-year deal like Albert Pujols got from the Angels, a baseball source tells Bill Ladson of MLB.com. Ladson also writes that the Nats are out on Yoenis Cespedes.

While the Nationals won't go to a ten-year deal for Fielder it does appear that the club is willing to give the slugger a no-trade clause.  An industry source believes that the Nats want to give Fielder a six- or seven-year deal.  

Ladson notes that contract length was also a stumbling block when Washington went after left-hander Mark Buehrle. The club offered a three-year deal but Buehrle ended up signing a four-year, $58MM contract with the Marlins instead.

As for Cespedes, the Nats believe that he is best suited for a corner outfield position and they already have Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, and Bryce Harper as viable options for the corner spots.


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41 Comments on "Nationals Still In On Fielder, Out On Cespedes"


diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

I wish the Rays had money . . .

ARod's Ring
3 years 7 months ago

They do. Just not enough to sign Fielder.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

They don’t even have enough to sign Manny

3 years 7 months ago

LET’S GO NATS!!! GET FIELDER!!! 

95isOver
3 years 7 months ago

The nats think they are in the AL?  or AL bound?

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t get it.

95isOver
3 years 7 months ago

Fielder is going to get a 7 year deal  and will be a dh after 3…

Charles
3 years 7 months ago

Where’d you get your crystal ball?  Could you hook me up?

elbeisbol
3 years 7 months ago

He’s probably saying that Prince needs to be on an AL team because he’ll need to DH. As long as the Nats don’t give Prince an insanely long contract, this isn’t so. 

elscorcho the marlin
3 years 7 months ago

kind of feels like all the teams involved are just waiting for the price to drop.  

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

Fielder is just waiting to see what happens in Texas with Darvish, if he doesn’t sign then Texas might offer him more money. I do think if Darvish signs, Fielder goes to the Nats.

Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 7 months ago

7 years and a no trade clause! That can be a really bad thing half way thru that contract for the Nats. But also maybe not

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

The thing about the NTC is that it’s really only leverage on the front end of the contract. After he plays 5 years wherever he signs, he’ll be a 5/10 player and have that same protection anyway. This is one of the reasons I was pretty shocked that the Marlins held so strongly to refusing an NTC for Pujols. As a franchise looking to rebuild and rebrand, it wasn’t like there would have been ANY incentive to unload Pujols before he had played 5 years anyway.

Rashomon
3 years 7 months ago

I believe the Miami owner is vehemently against NTC’s, no exceptions.

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

Oh, he is. This just happens to be one of those times where it was pretty much a non-issue anyway so it didn’t make much sense. If you are rebuilding and rebranding around a franchise player with a ten year contract, the chances of you wanting to consider trading him before 5 years are up are close to zero. Salary takes care of the rest of the possibility. After 5 years he gets his NTC whether the oener likes it or not.

3 years 7 months ago

I think the Nats are a good fit for Fielder, they are making nice moves. I personally hope Texas signs him though, we would have the best lineup in baseball but I just don’t see it happening. I will never count out Jon Daniels though, Darvish and Fielder is plan A. Fielder and Oswalt/another pitcher is plan B.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

I’d be happy with most any deal that’s 6 years or less

Desmond SS
Espinosa 2B
Zimmerman 3B
Fielder 1B
Morse LF
Werth CF
Harper RF
Ramos C

Could potentially be the lineup at the end of 2012

mmwatkin
3 years 7 months ago

Kinda getting the feeling the market for Cespedes is between Miami and Detroit. 

windycitywarrior
3 years 7 months ago

I think Cespedes ends up with the White Sox. Gut feeling. Two fellow Cubans and former teammates (I think) on the same team. People act like that isnt a big deal but think about it. If you were in a foreign country wouldnt you want to go to a place that has two of your fellow countrymen? I think he ends up playing CF for Chicago and they send  Rios to Seattle for Figgins. Money would probably have to go to even it up. Kenny Williams drools over guys that he would have like to have played like. Figgins would make a good utilily guy and be insurance if Beckham cant hit himself out of a wet paper bag.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

That would make Morse more expendable and he would be a great fit on the Rays. Go Washington, get Fielder!

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure the Nats would take pitching prospects for him instead.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Not really. If Tampa really wants him, they definitely can get him

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Chill my friend. I never said they were, they haven’t even expressed interest. Just an idea, but if they really want him, they have the assets to get it done. That’s all I’m saying

elbeisbol
3 years 7 months ago

Morse won’t get flipped for pitching prospects. In this scenario, he would probably be dealt once Harper is nice and ready. 

The only position I could see him getting dealt for this off-season is a CF.

KJ4realz
3 years 7 months ago

Rizzo has upside, but Laroche? Come on, if the reason the Nats don’t sign Fielder is because of Laroche, which will not be the reason, itd be a sad day to be a Nats fan. Laroche is a solid piece but not someone you feel comfortable with since he’s easily replaceable.

elbeisbol
3 years 7 months ago

LaRoche? Even LaRoche doesn’t think LaRoche’s presence stops them from going after Fielder. 

sonofsnake
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve always wondered how bad a player has to be at defense to negate .300/30/100 production. 

Mike Morse should make for an interesting case study next season.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

His defense is pretty bad in the outfield, but you can deal with it considering the offensive potential. 

Harper and Werth will be taking up two of Washington’s OF spots for the near future, as far as I’m concerned Morse should be the LF in D.C. for the next few years with them

Josh Venner
3 years 7 months ago

Or they could just trade Jayson Werth if he decides to hit alittle bit, opening up more money 

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

my friend keep dreaming. Why would Nationals give up Morse, significant part of offense for pitching prospects? Yes, they probably need some after GG trade, but signing Fielder and trading Morse will be exact opposite.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

I guess you didn’t get the joke

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

Let’s see Upton is FA next year, Morse is under control for two years. Even if Nats desperately need a CF, they can probably get by using Werth as stopgap and sign a CF next off-season.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Morse and Desmond for Upton and Wade Davis? How do you Nats fans feel about that?

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

I think I am going to start following you around and reject as a Nats fan wherever you offer this.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I’d probably take it

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Nobody wants his contract, they’re stuck with the majority of the money.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

Nobody wants his contract, they’re stuck with the majority of the money.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Would you like Laroche?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

obcviously.  we’d have to eat up like half the contract.

Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 7 months ago

 If Prince is the player that’ll take you guys to the world series for the next couple of years, it might be worth it? Just as long as his signing doesn’t impact the ability to keep your young core who are up for FA soon. I heard the owner has money and is itching for a serious post season run and Prince could really help that to happen for the next 3-4 years. But that Werth contract……wow! Thats going to be the speedbump for the Nats going forward. Still have some good young players tho to help ease that pain( Bryce Harper)

Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 7 months ago

Hopefully Werth just had a down year and rebounds this year. If I was a Nats fan I would be excited not only for this year but the future too! Even without Prince you guys have a great chance for your division.