Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Still Dreaming About Fielder: Some Light Reading

Yeah, I know it's not going to happen. But just in case, I remain intrigued by the biggest offensive free agent out there, just waiting for a plus-sized deal. And the 73-page treatise on Fielder unsurprisingly speaks highly of his production (via ESPN insider, no link):

General managers looking for something to read as they kick back and enjoy the long holiday weekend can consider Scott Boras' epic on the virtues of Prince Fielder.

An annual rite of the offseason is a lengthy report by the uber agent on the virtues of his free agent clients as how they would be perfect fit for any GM?s offseason plans. In Monday"s St. Louis Post Dispatch, Derrick Goold details the 73-page treatise on Fielder, the main free agent prize left on the market.

One nugget says only three Hall of Fame first basemen had as many as 200 home runs by the age of 27: Jimmie Foxx, Orlando Cepeda and Killebrew. Fielder has 230.

As for who might bite on Fielder, at least a half dozen teams have shown interest in the first baseman. FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that he wouldn't be surprised if Boras was shooting for a deal for Fielder with an average annual salary of $25.5 million. In other words, just north of what Albert Pujols is getting on average (10 years, $254 million) from the Los Angeles Angels. But the teams in play for Fielder appear to be hesitant to offer such a large amount or come close to the 10-year deal he's apparently seeking.

The Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles are believed to be courting Fielder, while Goold says others like the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers are playing coy or playing off their interest.

If Fielder remains unsigned after a few more weeks, FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi syas there will be rumblings that the first baseman might have no choice but to take a short-term, huge-dollar deal. In that event, additional suitors could emerge.



Hideo Nomo said...

It can still happen until it doesn't happen.

Dusty Baker said...

It will either happen or it won't.


Hideo Nomo said...

Betcha Prince didn't think he'd still be unemployed by Christmas/New Year's.