Prince Fielder Rumors: Saturday

Yesterday it was reported that the Cubs aren't out on Prince Fielder, despite acquiring Anthony Rizzo. Fielder met with the Rangers, who, along with the Nationals and Cubs, could offer a six-year contract with an average annual value in the $22-24MM range. Fielder and Yu Darvish may not be mutually exclusive for Texas, but they may need to choose whether to invest in Fielder or Josh Hamilton long-term. Here are today's rumors:

  • Talks between the Nationals and Fielder are back on according to Pete Kerzel of MASNSports.com, and Washington is "again making a strong pitch" to sign him.
  • Signing Fielder is "just not going to happen" for the Cubs, manager Dale Svuem told reporters, including Chris De Luca and Godron Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (Twitter link).
  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tweets that the Rangers were impressed with how trim and fit Fielder looked in their meeting yesterday.
  • Nolan Ryan says the Rangers' meeting with Fielder yesterday was just to see where he was at in the free agent process, tweets Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram also tweets that the talks were preliminary.


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93 Comments on "Prince Fielder Rumors: Saturday"


3 years 7 months ago

Cubs ain’t bringing him home

PhishTank
3 years 7 months ago

As much of a homer as I am and as sentimental as I can be about players I like, if it comes down to the Rangers needing to pick between Fielder or Hamilton for the next six years – welcome to Arlington, Mr. Fielder. You’re going to enjoy that jet stream.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Moreland may end up being Hamiltons replacement. He’s already got the power to do so, and he’s always been a solid contact hitter, so it’s very possible.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks that this Fielder thing is getting a bit ridiculous? We are getting unbelievably close to Spring Training and he doesn’t know if he’s going to Florida or Arizona yet.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

absolutely right on…….and what makes it more funny is that boras is losing teams by the day to do the leverage thing with…..also it’s worth mentioning that he has other clients that aren’t signed either….im sure he will get a nice christmas card from ejax……….

vonhayesdays
3 years 7 months ago

borass , has alienated entire teams , who just basically refuse to deal with his crap , im sure madson loves his one year deal , an ejax  well he should get ready for less than half of what borass had predicted,  hopefully more players will cop and drop that shylock 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

right on, plus there are other guys that aren’t boras clients that are waiting for fielder to sign so they can figure out where they stand with certain teams………all this is doing is pi##### people off and making it so fielder loses money by the day……..

harmony55
3 years 7 months ago

How do you know what deal Scott Boras “predicted” in his confidential communications with his client?

Boras no doubt started the bidding high while teams starting the bidding low … Boras needs only find one team to meet somewhere in the middle.

The most effective agent in the business will remain in demand.

vonhayesdays
3 years 7 months ago

is that you scott ?

harmony55
3 years 7 months ago

How do you know what deal Scott Boras “predicted” in his confidential communications with his client?

Boras no doubt started the bidding high while teams starting the bidding low … Boras needs only find one team to meet somewhere in the middle.

The most effective agent in the business will remain in demand.

3 years 7 months ago

Not only ridiculous…but theater of the absurd. I have never seen a big-ticket free agent remain on the market this long; I thought that this would have gotten done by the winter meetings or just after that at the latest.

Boras may well have screwed the pooch here with respect to both Fielder and Edwin Jackson.

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not just Boras that is making a mess of things in regards to Fielder though. Once Pujols signed, and CJ went to the Angels, the pressure was put on TEX to keep up. From that point on, there was almost ZERO chance that Fielder would agree to a contract before Darvish signed. Even if a team were to step forward now and offer 10/200, I would be surprised if it was accepted before Darvish was made a Ranger and the Rangers were then given a chance to couter-offer. Realistically, he really only has two or three places to go and one of those is in the NL where he won’t be able to pad his worth as a DH.

At this point the SMART move for Fielder is to do nothing.

3 years 7 months ago

so what your saying is, he only wants to play for the rangers? because that is what it sounds by saying he is waiting on darvish. alittle fyi a pitchers contract has no effect on fielders contract what so ever. if the nationals were to offer a 10 year 200 million dollar no trade clause contract right now, he would say yes. that has been the issue, he wants a full no trade clause and teams are reluctant to give it to him.

A.J.
3 years 7 months ago

As a Cubs fan the thought of signing Prince sounds awesome, at first. After thinking about it, I don’t think its the right move. I don’t see his body holding up and that’s a lot of money. We need pitching and to strengthen our farm system.

3 years 7 months ago

Fielder has never posted back to back seasons of 1.000+ OPS. His fielding is suspect. He could very well be on the decline at 27 years of age. Please, sign him Texas!

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

…and Matt Kemp has NEVER posted a 1.000 OPS over ONE full season. Is he on the decline too?

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Oh gosh yeah, he just had one of the best years of his career. He must be on the decline.

j6takish
3 years 7 months ago

Hamilton is a great guy and all, but I really hope the Rangers give him the CJ treatment. I don’t see how he could possibly stay healthy enough to earn his contract

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

The length of contract would be what I would think the Rangers would be more worried about than AAV. Hamilto, even the way he has been the last few years is still worth $13-16MM/year. At 2-3 years, the Rangers could do far worse than bringing him back, especially if they were to also sign Fielder.  It’s if he wants that happy 5 year deal that they should let some other team overpay for him (and someone will).

3 years 7 months ago

By “trim and fit”, do they mean they thought Prince was over 300 lbs?

3 years 7 months ago

Hey, that blousey Brewers jersey adds 30 lbs. by itself… then there’s the TV cameras to consider on top of that.

toddcoffeytime
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed, he’s not THAT fat in person.  More portly, or stout.  Really his weight is no big deal…He’s going to play in 160+ games a year until hes 32 or 33.

sonofsnake
3 years 7 months ago

They were surprised he fit in his chair.

sonofsnake
3 years 7 months ago

They were surprised he fit in his chair.

Adam R
3 years 7 months ago

If there is one gaping hole the Rangers have, its scoring runs.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

“they may need to choose whether to invest in Fielder or Josh Hamilton long-term.”

If this is true, and they decide to invest in Fielder, I wonder if they would attempt to move Hamilton, or if they would just let him leave as a free agent at the end of the year?  Just thinking out loud, but I could see several teams being very interested in him if he were on the market.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

These sources have consistently been wrong about how much money Texas has. Texas has that huge TV deal coming up soon and I thin they have the money to sign Darvish, Fielder and Hamilton. Young comes off the books soon, so Texas could backload his contract a bit. It really just comes down to wether or not the FO thinks he can stay healthy enough to earn a contract worth 15 million or more over at least 3 years.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 I’m not personally ruling out the Rangers signing both Darvish and Fielder and extending Hamilton, just asking an interesting question based on the speculation of someone else saying that “they may have to chose which one to invest in.”

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

They might have to. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if Prince is signed and Moreland replaces Hamilton when the time comes. But with Young, Torrealba, Lowe, and Cruz all coming off the books soon, I think Texas can absorb all three contracts quite comfortably. We do have a group of incredibly wealthy owners after all. Hopefully they’re willing to add a bit to the payroll.

vtadave
3 years 7 months ago

Only way Hamilton gets moved is if the Angels are running away with the division come July 31. That is unlikely, so Hamilton probably isn’t going anywhere.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

You’re probably right, but if they could replace Hamilton’s production with Fielder’s production, while turning Hamilton into several other pieces to help them now and in the future, I would think they would have to at least consider it.

Obviously they would have to get a really good haul for Hamilton, and they’d have to have someone to replace him in the outfield (I have no idea if they do, or if it would have to come in the theoretical trade), but I could definitely see a scenario where it would make sense for them to trade him now rather than let him walk for (maybe) draft picks.

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

If Fielder goes to Texas I might switch allegiances. I think Fielder in Texas is the most perfect and player/park combination possible. He would hit BOMBS there. 

3 years 7 months ago

Fielder in Yankee Stadium would be even better. Or Colorado because the ball flies.

3 years 7 months ago

If he’s willing to accept an offer that low, and the Mariners believe that Montero can stick at catcher, there’s no reason NOT to sign Fielder. A lineup started by Ichiro, Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero, and Prince Fielder is a lineup that may be able to win some games.

hartvig
3 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t count on Montero sticking at catcher- everything out of New York prior to the trade said he wasn’t developing defensively plus the fact that New York went ahead with the trade even with Posada retiring and Martin a potential free-agent after 2012 and their 1st base and DH slots clogged by Teixeira and an aging left side of the infield- all of that says to me that New York views him as 1st base/DH material.

I still view the trade as reasonable on both sides with both taking on some risks with potential upside while helping to address immediate needs of both teams. My gut says Montero has a slightly lower potential peak value (think Carlos Quentin- hopefully without the injuries) but the risk of injury for pitchers or even their just coming untracked is usually greater.

Alex Nelson
3 years 7 months ago

I think the Mariners are still in on Prince Fielder. Montero is not enough but both of them with young guys like ackley and carp would then be dangerous. Anyone else agree that Mariners aren’t done?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

they are done……why would they give up pineda for montero???…..this move makes alot more sense for seattle as to where they feel as though they don’t have to sign fielder……

3 years 7 months ago

Exactly — now they should be in more than ever, especially @ 6 years, $23MM.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Would it really be dangerous? Or would it just be a regular offense for once?

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t see how fielder would effect Hamilton. Young comes off the books the tv deal kicks in and ticket sales have sky rocketed with back to back world series runs. Fielder at 6/120 should not mean anything for Hamilton at 3/60 maybe 3/45( injury prone) sign them both they have the money. Heck throw an opt out clause in fielders contract. A line up of kinsler-young-Hamilton-fielder-beltre-Napoli-Cruz-Moreland-andrus is scary!

NYPOTENCE
3 years 7 months ago

If they sign Darvish, Fielder is sure to have an impact on Hamilton. That is if they sign him. There is also the possibilty that Darvish chooses to return to Japan and Fielder doesn’t sign with them. 

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

If somehow the sky were to fall and Darvish doesn’t sign with TEX, Fielder and Boras will be getting a HUGE payday as TEX will almost certainly overpay to make sure they land Fielder. Heck, in that scenario Boras might even get a 2 for 1 and get them to sign Jackson as well.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Texas would replace Darvish with Oswalt most likely.

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

I tend to agree, though it would not surprise me if the get Oswalt regardless of how all this plays out.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

It would actually surprise me a lot. We currently have 6 potential starters on this team. 7 if Darvish signs. If we sign Darvish, I doubt Texas does anything pitching wise except find a lefty reliever.

3 years 7 months ago

I think with Hamilton it’d have to be closer to 5 years at close to $90M.

Ferrariman
3 years 7 months ago

if thats all it takes for a center fielder with his production, i can see about 10 teams in on him.  Its gonna take more..

MetsMagic
3 years 7 months ago

Moreland looks so out of place in that line up. Hamilton moves back to CF in your proposal? 

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

I have to wonder if this is a negotiating ploy by Texas in their dealings with Yu Darvish. In other words, they are showing Yu their alternative if they can’t reach an agreement.

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

I have to wonder if this is a negotiating ploy by Texas in their dealings with Yu Darvish. In other words, they are showing Yu their alternative if they can’t reach an agreement.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

I personally want Fielder to sign with the Rangers so they have to let Josh Hamilton go. The Braves are going to have some serious coin next winter and I think Hamilton should be on Frankie’s wish list.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Rangers wouldn’t have to let Hamilton go because of Fielder. Young. Huge rise in attendance in recent years, huge tv deal coming, and Lowe, Torrealba, Young and Cruz coming off the books soon. Darvish, Fielder, Hamilton and extension to Napoli, Kinsler and Lewis can all be done in the next two seasons.

3 years 7 months ago

keep dreaming silly rangers fan. Fielder wont be a ranger. he will stay in the NL. and i will laugh if they cant get a deal done with darvish either.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Lol somebody seems to have a personal vendetta against Texas. Guessing you’re a Yankee fan huh?

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Oh look at that, once your avatar loads, you are a Yankee fan! So obviously you must know all about the Texas organization to say we can’t get Fielder.

Beau Buchholz
3 years 7 months ago

And I will laugh if an NL team signs Fielder.  Have fun with that glove in 5 years. 

Natsfan89
3 years 7 months ago

If its a 6 year deal, as a Nats fan, I won’t care what his glove is like in five years because he’s almost at the end of his deal and we would have (hopefully) gone to the playoffs multiple times

Alex Nelson
3 years 7 months ago

They don’t have offense with montero alone. Adding a bat with montero makes sense.

A_Shoe
3 years 7 months ago

If I’m the Nats, I’d take a 6 year deal for Prince, easy.

Mark12
3 years 7 months ago

Watch out for the Dodgers. They will b the team he goes too.

Twinkilling61
3 years 7 months ago

Boras must have told Prince to wear a girdle during the Rangers meeting.