Prince Fielder Rumors: Wednesday

Prince Fielder remains available, but as MLB.com's Tom Singer shows, most elite free agents sign considerably earlier on in the offseason. In fact, there's a chance Fielder will sign the latest megadeal in baseball history. Here are the latest rumors on Fielder, as we await concrete news of his next destination…

  • The Nationals are “patiently and aggressively” pursuing Fielder, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports. Nationals principal owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with agent Scott Boras at the owners’ meetings this evening, according to Kilgore. Boras touched base with other owners, including Jeffrey Loria of the Marlins.
  • MLB.com’s Bill Ladson hears that there’s a 99% chance that the Nationals will not sign Fielder. 
  • Someone with knowledge of the Rangers’ finances doubts they’d invest in Yu Darvish and Fielder, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Morosi notes that the Nationals are viewed as the favorites for Fielder.
  • Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests Fielder may not sign until the Rangers finish negotiating with Darvish next week (Twitter link). Heyman notes that the Rangers are a “team of interest” when it comes to Fielder.


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149 Comments on "Prince Fielder Rumors: Wednesday"


jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

At this rate, he may wish he had accepted arbitration.

Nate Chavis
3 years 6 months ago

It would be insane if the Rangers signed Fielder and Darvish. I’d kind of like to see that happen.

TXHC
3 years 6 months ago

Me too.

oedipussc
3 years 6 months ago

He (his rep) is waiting to see who buys the Dodgers in hopes there’s 25M+ there.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

By the time the Dodgers are bought, Spring training has started, and he should be with a team.

Also, what do the Dodgers do with Loney?

AndreTheGiantKiller
3 years 6 months ago

As a Dodger fan, who cares? Loney should have been DFA’d

3 years 6 months ago

Release him?

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

What do you do with a first baseman who can’t seem to post an OPS higher than .750? Maybe trade him for a relief pitcher or something…?

It’s a moot point though. The Dodgers aren’t signing Fielder.

oedipussc
3 years 6 months ago

As soon as the 10 bidders are accepted by McCourt, he gets to choose who wins.  At that point, before all the ink is dry, they can instruct Coletti to make contact with Fielder and all prospective owners will be aware that Fielder’s contract will be on the books.  The new owner will get the credit for bringing him in, winning IMMEDIATE favor with the fans.  This is all supposed to go down at the end of January, so this could happen with plenty of time before Spring Training.

Re Loney…who cares…BUT, if you DO like him, you can keep him, play him in LF or off the bench.  If you DON’T like him, yeah, trade him for relief help or package him with a prospect or 2 for a 3B who with some pop.

Joe Valenti
3 years 6 months ago

So the favorites in signing Fielder are 99% likely not to sign him? In that case some team should offer him the league minimum. Clearly the market isn’t there

Shawnthemon
3 years 6 months ago

So about every team has dropped out on Fielder, I’m still hoping that the Jays will try to get him.

3 years 6 months ago

I really think they should.. don’t see it happening though AA seems set

Shawnthemon
3 years 6 months ago

He doesn’t like to tell the media what he’s up to, so know one actually knows. He is definitely in on Fielder, as he is in on every player, but only for the right price and term. 

3 years 6 months ago

The Jays offer would have to blow him out of the water. I doubt he wants to go to a non contending team.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

In fairness, Fielder moves them much closer to contention, especially with the extra playoff spot coming soon. My money’s on Seattle still.

Bleed_Orange
3 years 6 months ago

Didn’t a report come out a couple of days ago that Seattle only has like 4 to 5 mil left for this years budget?

sonofsnake
3 years 6 months ago

If by report you mean tweet then yes… someone tweeted that.

Nicholas Stuart
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, 4 or 5 million after they drop 18 on prince. The M’s are by most accounts 15-17 million under last season’s payroll.  A backloaded contract that increases after Ichiro and Figgins come off the books would be doable.

Shawnthemon
3 years 6 months ago

There more of a contender than Seattle and Baltimore, with Fielder in the line up, the Jays 1-9 becomes very scary.

3 years 6 months ago

Even if Seattle gets Fielder, the Blue Jays and Orioles are still more of a contender!  And I’m an M’s fan…

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

Incorrect.

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 6 months ago

The trick with AA’s signings is to think the opposite.  If we think it’ll happen, most likely it won’t.  If we think there’s no possibility – that’s when it’ll happen.

Truthfully, there are other teams that will offer a better deal than the Jays.

gs01
3 years 6 months ago

AA seems content with Lind who can’t seem to get an .obp over .300 for the longest time.

Madman2TX
3 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t be shocked if the Rangers signed both Darvish and Fielder, but Fielder won’t get a Pujols deal from the Rangers. If Fielder willing to go just 5-7 years, the Rangers might be interested.

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

Fielder won’t get a Pujols deal from anyone.

At this point, I doubt he’ll get more than 6/150.

sonofsnake
3 years 6 months ago

I’m seeing more of a 7/160 with an opt out after the third season.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

This is the longest foreplay session I’ve ever seen in my life.

JohnnyHamer
3 years 6 months ago

Absolutely.

3 years 6 months ago

Exactly, I don’t even feel like doing it anymore. I’m tired.

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 months ago

He should just do what Mark Tiexiera did and sign a one year deal with someone and try the market again next year.

Shawnthemon
3 years 6 months ago

Mark Teixeira never did this, but Adrian Beltre did.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

…Tex never did that.

3 years 6 months ago

Tex never did that, he was bounced around from texas,atlanta and the angels i think was the last team(may be wrong about the angels) before he signed a long term deal with the yankees. and him bouncing around was due to being traded.

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

You’re correct.  At the 2007 deadline he was dealt to Atlanta in the deal that brough Neftali Feliz, Evlis Andrus, and Matt Harrison to the Rangers.  At the 2008 deadline, the Braves traded him to the Angels, and that offseason he signed with the Yanks.

monroe_says
monroe_says
3 years 6 months ago

Prince looks like a good candidate for a (cry in my) pillow contract.

Tirameenlasbolas
3 years 6 months ago

Simple, Borass has an offer from the Nationals, but he wants to see if he can get the Rangers to pay more, or better yet, pit them against one another and drive up the price.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 6 months ago

Forever Alone… :(

Neil
3 years 6 months ago

Mariners!

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

No Nats, no Rangers, no Cubs, no Yanks, no Red Sox…

Leaves basically Seattle and Baltimore. 😉

Patrick Beliveau
3 years 6 months ago

Or a team that actually has a chance to be something other than a doormat like the Jays

3 years 6 months ago

Lol

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

Sure, in a perfect world, except the Jays are already pretty much out of it according to what I’ve read. I’m not sure what pleasure people get out of bashing the O’s – they already obviously suck and are of no threat to anyone’s favorite team. I’m a huge O’s fan and will readily call them doormats also. I agree with you!

It would be a cool story, though – Duquette coming in and getting some international guys for the rotation, signing a big bat, hiring a lot of quality people for the front office. Gotta start somewhere.

Natsfan89
3 years 6 months ago

I bash the Os because Angelos is a scumbag who bullied Selig into further handicapping the Nationals by giving the majority of their television rights to him.

3 years 6 months ago

Ha.  Angelos did the Nats a favor.  You see what’s happening in SF?  Angelos had every right to do the same thing, but let the Nats come to Washington anyway.

He was handsomely compensated, sure.  But he had every right to block the move altogether.  Get over yourself.

Johnnymop13
3 years 6 months ago

so Angelos let the Nats come to DC? Um, okay. someone has revisionist history.

Angelos can pound sand 

Natsfan89
3 years 6 months ago

The move from Montreal to Washington was approved 28-1. Angelos was the only owner to vote no. The Nationals were coming to DC regardless of what Angelos wanted.

So instead he decided he’d just sue Selig and MLB, and not wanting to deal with the headache, Selig gave Angelos 90% of the Nationals tv rights.

Handsomely compensated is an understatement. The highest stake the Nats will ever have in MASN is 33%, and that won’t be for 23 years.

JohnnyHamer
3 years 6 months ago

Nats have 1 of the worst TV viewerships in baseball.

Natsfan89
3 years 6 months ago

Thats because the largest cable company in Northern Virginia, Comcast, wasn’t carrying MASN in all areas until 2010 because they were pissed at Angelos.

Doesn’t help that MASN itself is was way more O’s oriented the first few years as well.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

true. its changing now BIG time. which is one of the few reasons i am such a big proponent of bringing in Fielder. It would stick a knife in the conversation once and for all and would increase the fan base so much.

Johnnymop13
3 years 6 months ago

tv rights has to do with suscribers

Mikeschoolerforever
3 years 6 months ago

The Jays will always be 3rd best or did they move out of the A.L.East and haven’t told anyone yet?

VivaJackMurphy
3 years 6 months ago

Actually the Red Sox have had 3rd place wrapped up the past two years.  HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA.

rizdak
3 years 6 months ago

Funny, but not upper-case funny.

sonofsnake
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t discount out the Rays.  Third place would be an achievement for the Jays.  M’s get third by showing up.

Omazing
3 years 6 months ago

“other than a doormat like the Jays”

» wording failure

3 years 6 months ago

between baltimore and seattle? baltimore has a better chance then seattle.

sonofsnake
3 years 6 months ago

Of finishing with the worst record in baseball?  That’s a pretty fair analysis. 

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 6 months ago

whoa whoa whoa…..the mets might take that honor this year. especially if they trade wright by the deadline.

Bleed_Orange
3 years 6 months ago

Oakland anyone?

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 6 months ago

oohh, good call. i wonder tho, relative to their division, who is gunna suck more? the NL East is pretty stacked, but the Rangers and Angels are pretty damn good too….at least oakland gets to play seattle 18 times

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

and what about the stros’

raffish
3 years 6 months ago

I’m going with the Chicago Cubs.

bigjdog3412
3 years 6 months ago

jack z brought prince into the majors he drafted him sea= > bal

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

I bet Fielder would go to either of those teams for 6/160.

Unfortunately, for Prince, neither of those teams will offer 6/160.

3 years 6 months ago

Orioles baby

Shawn Ryu
3 years 6 months ago

Why does Rangers need Fielder? Hes not an elite defender at 1B, they might as well have Michael Young there.

Shawnthemon
3 years 6 months ago

Fielders Bat >>>>>> Youngs Bat

Although, they both got a first place vote for the MVP 😉

3 years 6 months ago

Because Michael Young will be filling in for one of the many other Rangers that go on the DL yearly.  A little 3rd, a little 2nd, a little Right Field, a little Left Field, some 1b he will probably get 500+AB’s just filling in.  The only teams that don’t need Fielder are the ones that have better options at 1st and those teams can be counted on 1 hand.

ImperialStout
3 years 6 months ago

They’d probably want to sign him as a part-time 1B, most-time DH.  But his paycheck will be lower.

imjustjoshinya
3 years 6 months ago

Didn’t the rangers just file bankruptcy…I hope they do it so they can bankrupt themselves again.

harmony55
3 years 6 months ago

The Texas Rangers in May 2010 filed for bankruptcy protection but in September 2010 signed a 20-year television contract valued at $80 million a year. The Rangers appear to be financially sound.

laxtonto
3 years 6 months ago

And are now owned by two oil and gas billionaires..

Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

An earlier report from 2011 said the Rangers were one of several teams that had passed the MLB debt threshold.  They had 4 times more debt than revenue.  Is any of this television revenue required to be paid on past debts?  I realize there was a change in ownership..but did current ownership assume any debts?

TXHC
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, they assumed all of the debt that Hicks had leveraged toward the Rangers.  They also went to bankruptcy court and hashed out a plan with the creditors.  Simply put, the debt is being handled and has no bearing on this ownership group’s ability to spend money on the ballclub however they deem fit.

Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks.  I wasn’t clear on that, or how the nature of the TV deal played into that on the business side.

Very smart of the Rangers to build now off the cable deal.  It seems like quite a few teams are now working on similar deals and might be able to match the Rangers move in the near future.

Wow.  $80 Mil/year.  That’s an incredible amount of money.  Wasn’t the Angels deal even larger though?

TXHC
3 years 6 months ago

Supposedly, but nobody really knows given how close teams and the networks keep their TV numbers to their vests.  It’s possibly worth even more than the $80 million a year that it is believed to be though.  Maury Brown from Baseball Prospectus/Biz of Baseball says there are escalators in the contract that could push it to the $3 billion number that was initially reported and possibly beyond.  If you subscribe to BP you can check out the latest article he wrote on the subject here:

link to baseballprospectus.com

TXHC
3 years 6 months ago

Supposedly, but nobody knows for sure given the way teams and the networks keep their TV numbers so close to the vest.  The Rangers TV deal could be worth even more than the $80 million a year that has been so widely speculated though.  Maury Brown from Baseball Prospectus/Biz of Baseball says that it has escalators that could push it to the $3 billion total that was initially reported, and possibly higher.  If you subscribe to BP you can find his latest article on the subject from December of 2011 if you use the search function on their site.  Apologies if this posts twice, it flagged me for mod approval when I tried to link to the article.

Nathan Cole Sanders
3 years 6 months ago

pay attention jackass :)

NWDC
3 years 6 months ago

First of all, Ladson didn’t say that.  He said the Nats aren’t giving him 10 years at 200M+.  Second, Ladson is completely and utterly worthless and barely has any inside info.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

so. true.

PennMariner
3 years 6 months ago

So basically we’ve learned nothing new. As per every day for the last month.

Antiks
3 years 6 months ago

Looks like Fielder will be playing in my Softball League this year. 

Welcome to the Fightin Strawberries Fielder!!!

3 years 6 months ago

Careful, he might try to dip your mascot in chocolate and eat him.

3 years 6 months ago

You’d change you team name to the Strawberry Fielders Forever.

3 years 6 months ago

and i really dont see a problem with moreland. I like that kid, ihave been to a few ranger games this past season and the kid can hit. granted he isnt a 40 home run guy, but to be honest they really dont need that with those other bats in the line up. all of whom could hit 20 HR’s a piece. unless they plan on getting rid of hamilton by trade dead line or let him walk in FA

Greg
3 years 6 months ago

Hamilton will almost certainly walk in FA. He feels like the past contracts he signed with Texas were ‘unfair’, and has publicly stated that if they deal with him again like they have in the past, he will not be a Ranger.

Unfortunately, his idea of fair and the Rangers front office’s idea seem to be pretty disparate. With his age and injury history, anything more than 3 or 4 years will be a big question mark by the end of it, and it’s almost certain he’s going to want more than that.

Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Where has Hamilton EVER stated he felt his last contracts were unfair? That’s ridiculous. He DID state that he wont give Texas a discount as does want a fair deal from Texas, however, which is completely fine. He’ll sign back with Texas if they offer him a solid deal. I wouldn’t blame him for leaving Texas if a team like the Yankees decide to way overpay for him though. But again, most of what you said in our post isn’t even true.

Toadkiller
3 years 6 months ago

You clearly have not been following the Rangers over the years then.  Hamilton has repeatedly commented on how disappointed he has been in the Rangers offers.  That he is not getting the  respect that he feels  he deserves.  A couple of years ago he was offered a long term contract and he  turned it down.  It’s pretty obvious that he expects to be paid like someone who doesn’t have consistent injury problems every year.  If  the Rangers give him more than $16 mil a year for 5 or 6 years they will be making a big mistake.

3 years 6 months ago

I will make a prediction- let me get my crystal ball out-  Either Yu Darvish or Prince Fielder will sing with TX.  That is all…

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 6 months ago

I’m hoping its darvish, i really want to see him pitch here this year. Every year I try to follow a non-yankees AL team, 2 years ago it was the indians, last year it was the orioles, this year will be the rangers.

Brandon Smith
3 years 6 months ago

That’s a no-brainer, really.  If they don’t come to terms with Darvish, they’ll be the only real big contender left for Fielder.  I can only hope they sign both…but I doubt that’ll happen.

3 years 6 months ago

I don’t know about a no-brainer.  TX is afterall denying it up and down, but there is no other clear cut reason for Prince to be on the market this long unless they are waiting on another deal.  I hope they sign Darvish, he is unproven and may waste over $100mil of TX’s money, Prince on the other hand is proven and would be scurrrry in Arlington.  Go Yu Go

Greg
3 years 6 months ago

The funny part is, Yu has a very big chance of being an even bigger impact for good with the Rangers than Fielder. You might very well wish to take this back a few years from now 😛

3 years 6 months ago

Agreed. They need an ACE, but Prince Fielder has a better chance of being Prince Fielder next year than Yu Darvish has of being an ACE.

Morley C
3 years 6 months ago

I would pay to see Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder sing.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

I hear Darvish does a mean version of “Livin’ on a Prayer”.