Prince Fielder Rumors: Monday

It's hard to imagine that anything's holding back the market for Prince Fielder at this point. Albert Pujols signed more than a month ago, Yu Darvish and the Rangers worked out a deal, and agent Scott Boras has taken the time to introduce Fielder to some MLB owners. It doesn't seem likely that a new suitor for the powerful free agent first baseman will emerge if Boras continues waiting, since the sale of the Dodgers won't be completed on time to convince the new ownership group of Fielder's value. We're left with rumors linking Fielder to the Nationals, Rangers, Mariners, Dodgers, Cubs and Orioles, but not much certainty. Here are the latest updates on Fielder, with the most recent notes up top:

  • A Nationals source says he would be "stunned" to see the Nats give Fielder a contract for longer than seven years, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.  Kilgore also looks at some other recent contracts for slugging first basemen and predicts Fielder will receive a seven-year, $170MM deal with whatever team signs him.
  • The Orioles haven't met with Boras and don't have a meeting scheduled, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets. There's some interest, depending on Boras' asking price, but Kubatko doesn't expect the Orioles to chase Fielder. "They're nowhere near being in position to sign him," he writes.
  • One GM told Rosenthal that the Rangers are in on Fielder "hard," though others say the Rangers won't go heavy on years (Twitter link).
  • The Orioles are "definitely in on" Fielder and there's plenty of motivation to sign him, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio and MLB.com tweets. Duquette is a former Orioles GM who's the cousin of current GM Dan Duquette. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports points out that interest from the Orioles and Nationals gives Boras leverage (Twitter link).
  • The Nationals are a finalist for Fielder, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets. The Rangers and at least one other club are still in the running for him.
  • There's now "something close to a final four" for Fielder, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
  • The Rangers' management team is in the Dominican Republic for the next week, so it's doubtful the team will sign Fielder in the near future, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets.
  • The Nationals continue to work on a deal for Fielder, but there was no agreement as of last night, tweets Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN.com. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel repeats (on Twitter) that there's no deal at the moment.


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238 Comments on "Prince Fielder Rumors: Monday"


UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 7 months ago

Take it to the bank Fielder maxes out at 6 to 7 years / $120 to $140MM total.  Size him up for that Nationals uniform when all is said and done.

GOTIGERS24
3 years 7 months ago

He would have been in a nationals uniform 1 month ago if we would take that deal he wants wayyy more money.

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 7 months ago

Wanting and getting are 2 totally different things.  It’s getting down to crunch time.  In my opinion there are just a few of teams that he’s a fit for and even fewer willing to commit the years and money for even a 6 or 7 year deal at those dollars. 

We’ll see where he winds up and for how much. 

3 years 7 months ago

Milwaukee television station WTMJ4 was reporting this morning that Fielder is working on the final touches of a deal with the Nationals – 8 years.  Looks as though someone is trying to push the rumor via Milwaukee media … Boras?

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

I can’t believe Boras would ever push a rumor unless it was absolutely true and honest.  Why, just the other day he sold me some beach front property in Arizona.  The deed is in the mail… somewhere.

3 years 7 months ago

Enjoy that property, jred! Scott recently sold me a mountain resort in Illinois. Can’t wait to see it!

renegadeisback
3 years 7 months ago

Since when do television stations get their news from FAKE twitter accounts?

3 years 7 months ago

The weird part is that the report does not appear on the TMJ 4 website – only the bit about the Brewers installing their NL Central “pennant.”  Dunno.  They sure hyped it like the signing was going to be on live.

renegadeisback
3 years 7 months ago

Since when do television stations get their news from FAKE twitter accounts?

captainjeter
3 years 7 months ago

this is  beyond stupid. Hey Prince  it is almost  Feburary and you have no home. What  are  you  trying to set a record for the longest  hold out by a  FA?
You and Boras need to come down from yiur high horses. You don’t  have the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Tigers, Angels and Phillies  in play. Most  teams can’t afford the outrageous amount of money and years you want. Just because  Morneo was  stupid enough to give a  10 year  deal to a 32 yr  old player  does not mean you are  getting the same. Your  weight is an issue . Everytime   I see you run rhe  bases,you are out of  breath and look  like  you need  an oxygen mask.  Weight  clause  should be included.
Take  a  6 year  @25  million and  call it   a day.
@blackcourt:disqus 

3 years 7 months ago

So, captainjeter, I’m guessing that you’re a Yankees fan. Can you tell me how Morneo [sic] signing Pujols to a 10-year deal is any different from your team signing A-Rod to a 10-year deal? They’ll both be 42 when the contract is over…

MarinersRoyalsBraves2014
3 years 7 months ago

Prince Fielder is holding a presser today to announce his retirement.

3 years 7 months ago

From vegetarianism.

ARod's Ring
3 years 7 months ago

A rough last 2 years for Boras… seems like the League is starting to figure him out. (Hopefully the Nationals won’t bid against themselves again a la Werth.)

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

They didn’t bid against themselves for Werth. They knew the dudes career stats and that he would never live up to the contract they gave him, they just wanted to show that they aren’t a small market team and are willing to spend money.

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 7 months ago

I agree, saw the Werth deal as the same as the Mets deal with Pedro in ’05. Needed him to build credibility

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

That’s the dumbest rationalization I have ever heard. So they could have gotten him cheaper, but wanted to show the world they really can spend money? Really…?

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

That’s the absolute worst rationalization I have ever heard. So they could have gotten Werth for cheaper, but instead wanted to show the world they really can spend money? Really…?

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

I didn’t say they could have signed Werth for cheaper.

Before Werth the Nationals biggest FA signings had been guys like Adam Kennedy and Jason Marquis. They wanted to show players around the league that they were gearing up to compete and weren’t afraid of spending money to bring guys in to help do that.

Red_Line_9
3 years 7 months ago

Teams can show others they are serious free agent players without actually signing players.  By the time things hit the media and the fans…it’s old news to the players and offices around the league.  One phone call to an agent says you are serious with an offer.  To me it is all about who you make that commitment to.  What I see from the Nationals is a good farm system…and some questionable signings and rumors of signings.  Fielder at 8 years to an NL team is crazy…..I’m not even sure he’d be worth the money to an AL team over that period as a DH.  It’s not just that he will be a DH…but his bat will likely slow…and teams don’t need to employee the lumbering DH of the 1970’s and 80’s anymore.  It’s a misuse of funds over the long term.

Alex
3 years 7 months ago

Would the Nats signing Fielder make them the favorite in the NL East?

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 7 months ago

Not sure it would make them the favorite, but I sure think it would make them a favorite to make the postseason.  And as the Cardinals proved last year once you get to the dance anything is possible.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

I’d say it’d put them right on par with Atlanta

burritolikethesun
3 years 7 months ago

There are people actually dignifying this question with responses.

daner51
3 years 7 months ago

Prince Fielder is going to the team from his childhood.  He remembers driving baseballs into that short porch upper deck in old Tiger Stadium when he was a kid. Miguel Cabrera is moving back to 3rd, where he started in the bigs, and Prince plays 1B.  Simple.   Done deal.    

This is at least as accurate as anything anyone else has written here!

chrisn313
3 years 7 months ago

No. Just… No.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

As awesome as that lineup would be, we would have an all-time bad defense. Miggy probably couldn’t play 3rd for more than 1 game in a row, let alone an entire season.

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

I think just as logical would be to move Cabrera to closer and Fielder to center field. 

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

Only if Verlander will DH on his days off

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

Only if Verlander will DH on his days off

3 years 7 months ago

clearly he’s holding out for the padres.

NWDC
3 years 7 months ago

The only reason Bowden tweeted (other than being a blowhard that’s usually wrong) is that he lent credibility to a tweet by some 14 year old kid pretending to be an “insider” — the kid tweeted that the Nats had signed Prince Fielder “done deal” to an 8 year deal with a 3 year opt out.  Never mind this kid has tweeted more nonsense than you can imagine and then he just deletes all the false rumors retroactively.  Of course he is sometimes right — about the same time the news of any signing breaks on twitter — and somehow has a tiny following of people mocking him.  Anyway, I don’t know if Bowden retweeted him or just followed him but that put several people up in arms.  So Bowden cleared it up.

3 years 7 months ago

Orioles will swoop in and sign him…you heard it here…..talks are progressing

danistheguy
3 years 7 months ago

To quote you, “AND YOU KNOW THIS HOW?”

3 years 7 months ago

Simple. Read my post dude.

3 years 7 months ago

I have a buddy that interns with them.They were crunching numbers last night, and are trying to convince Angelos

danistheguy
3 years 7 months ago

So says Jen Royle, and thus so says you.

3 years 7 months ago

The name Jen Royle should never be mentioned lol

danistheguy
3 years 7 months ago

And even if you’re right, Prince still has to want to come play for the Baltimore Orioles. I hope he does, but somehow I doubt that.

fcr_lanham
3 years 7 months ago

So an “intern” is in on the biggest stealth signing of the MLB off-season.

And Angelos isn’t yet?

The_Porcupine
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve been thinking that a team that hasn’t been talked about much would swoop in and pick up Fielder.  Kinda like last year with Cliff Lee.  I see no reason why the Mariners would be more appealling than the O’s (other than money, but do you sell your sell to hit in Safeco?).  The Cubs have a big name prospect that will probably be ready by the end of the year.  The Rangers would essentially have to sacrifice Hamilton to sign Fielder (can’t see them being able to afford both).  The Dodgers are financially in limbo at the moment.  I could see Detroit signing him but what to do with Martinez next year (and Cabrera to 3b is ridiculous).  The Nationals are the only other legitimate fit, but I don’t think they will get him (they’ve traditionally been a quick strike, quick sign type team).  I’m quietly optimistic (or dreaming if you like).

3 years 7 months ago

The Rangers would have to sacrafice both Michael Young and Josh Hamilton. The Orioles could benefit by the Rangers signing Fielder by trading for both those fellows. I would be all for it.
Would it mean trading both Adam Jones and Zach Britton among others. Yes! However, I would be all for it!

The_Porcupine
3 years 7 months ago

Not at the cost of Britton.

ChrisV
3 years 7 months ago

They wouldn’t have to sacrifice both. The Rangers have a new tv agreement coming into effect in 2015. So, all it would take is some back-loading on Fielder’s or Hamilton’s contract to have both and Young. Of course it also means that Fielder will have to take a slight pay cut which would partly happen if he takes a cut in contract length. It takes creativeness, which the Rangers are good at. Look at Darvish’s contract.  

Anthony Rainier
3 years 7 months ago

The only way the Rangers would be able to get him would be to put together a back loaded deal, of 8-10 years that would require Fielder taking only 10-14 million per year for the first half of the contract. Until the Rangers money flows in from their new TV deal, which is 2015, they are cash poor right now. The owners want to lock up Hamilton first, but if they are able to get Fielder to accept a deal like that, unlikely with Boras involved, they will be happy with keeping their roster as is.  

RangersFan1990
3 years 7 months ago

Well Pujols did it…

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 7 months ago

I check these threads, desperately hoping beyond hope to see the Jays involved.  It’s a ridiculous hope, I know.  

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 7 months ago

If I had to guess on a ‘Final Four’ I’d say Seattle, Washington, Toronto, and Los Angeles

3 years 7 months ago

If the Los Angeles Dodges sign Prince Fielder, the whole organization should be renamed “The Solyndra Dodgers” and an investigation started.
PS If Prince Fielder is serious about getting signed by Spring Training, he should fire Scott Boras

harmony55
3 years 7 months ago

Wouldn’t firing Scott Boras slow down the process for teams that have been negotiating and laying down a groundwork with Boras since Day One?

Cheeseballs
3 years 7 months ago

I’m pretty sure that arod fired him then got a megadeal

Cheeseballs
3 years 7 months ago

I lied

harmony55
3 years 7 months ago

Prince Fielder … and Scott Boras … were serious about signing before Spring Training.

$5427573
3 years 7 months ago

Replace Toronto with Orioles.  There’s been no real indication that Toronto has any interest.  Though with that alone that might actually mean that they are trying for them….

Mo_GOAT
3 years 7 months ago

Can he pitch? 

ARod's Ring
3 years 7 months ago

One year behind with that joke.

3 years 7 months ago

from atlanta braves radio network:@MLBInsideNews on twitter reporting Prince Fielder is set to sign 8 year
deal with #Nationals just has to fly from home in FL to DC for physical

jsmoltz29
3 years 7 months ago

A bs tweet from a extremely unreliable source.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

That source is worse than Jon Heyman

3 years 7 months ago

He’s signing with Texas, he’s already agreed on there offer, everyones just trying to drag this out. Don’t believe me, just wait 24 hours from now when everyone will be whining that its the wilson/pujols, darvish/fielder show.

3 years 7 months ago

Grow up. No one has time for this.

jb226
3 years 7 months ago

Didn’t you just post almost the exact same inanity an hour ago about the Orioles?  Some sort of expression involving pots and kettles is coming to mind.

3 years 7 months ago

Except i’m not kidding or making baseless assumptions, it already happened, just watch Ricky

MadmanTX
3 years 7 months ago

Heard a similar rumor. Funny how going to the DR makes it look more like Rangers aren’t interested…like they can’t do a signing and schedule a press conference for when they get back.

Manny Being Manny
3 years 7 months ago

Do you mean the fake twitter someone did a couple hours ago about him signing with the Rangers?

PWNdroia
3 years 7 months ago

If Fielder wants to win now, sign with the Rangers.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

If he wants to win in late October, don’t.

I’m kidding don’t freak out.

RangersFan1990
3 years 7 months ago

YOU BASTARD!!!!

3 years 7 months ago

You killed Kenny!

MadmanTX
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly. Nats won’t win for another few years at least.

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

This is getting old Fatty Magoo. Your agent badly misjudged the market for you. Pick a team already.

NYYANKEES
3 years 7 months ago

the 3rd team? Is it Baltimore, Seattle, or Chicago?

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

Seattle is my guess.

Manny Being Manny
3 years 7 months ago

Why would he go to a team thats all the way across the country from his home town, and in a total pitchers ballpark? Not to mention they’ve now got their DH of the future in Montero.

Mariners are out of it. So are Cubs, since they got Rizzo.

Baltimore is the only logical answer here.

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

Lots and lots of money and decent core of young players?

Baltimore is only logical if he doesn’t care about winning anything for the remainder of his time in the league.

Manny Being Manny
3 years 7 months ago

The fact he’s even considering the Nats and Mariners show he cares more about money than winning, since neither of them are much better than the Orioles.

lefty177
3 years 7 months ago

have you seen the Nats projected roster recently?

lefty177
3 years 7 months ago

have you seen the Nats projected roster recently?

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

Saying the Nationals aren’t much better than the blO’s shows you know nothing about baseball and anything you say should be ignored.

Manny Being Manny
3 years 7 months ago

Both teams will end in the 72-75 win range, if you don’t add Fielder to either team.

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

I can’t tell if you’re trolling or if you’re actually this stupid.

3 years 7 months ago

You expect the Nats to regress by 5-8 wins with improved pitching and presumably similar/improved offense?

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

It’s clear he knows nothing. Just ignore him.

Jack
3 years 7 months ago

I think they played over their heads, and the Marlins are gonna be better this year.

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

They spent all but a month without Strasburg  and Zimmerman was gone for 2 months. They aren’t going to regree 5-8 wins.

Alex Nelson
3 years 7 months ago

Texas, Seattle, Washington I assume are the three. What you think?

Alex Nelson
3 years 7 months ago

Scrap that I think rangers are limited so my guess is Washington Seattle and Los Angeles.

3 years 7 months ago

lol the Rangers are limited?

RangersFan1990
3 years 7 months ago

He says that, and then lists the Dodgers.

3 years 7 months ago

Bob Simpson has said that the Rangers WILL run at a deficit until 2015.  I’m not sure if that means the ownership group is willing to spend big bucks, or if the revenue isn’t expected to be there

rmlegs
3 years 7 months ago

I think it comes down to the Nationals and Orioles, with Boras playing them against each other.  Nats win in the end…..