Well, whattya know...
Jon Heyman: Dodgers Secretly Bid For Prince (CBSSports.com)
The Dodgers surely gave a spirited effort to secure Fielder, even flying to meet with him at an undisclosed neutral location a few weeks ago, but somehow managed to keep the entire undertaking under wraps, save for a few internet rumblings from fans speculating that they may have been a mystery team in the mix.
The Dodgers' offer was said to have called for an average salary of about $26 million for the first four years and something in the low $20-million-range in the next three years. The bid was designed not to discourage Fielder from opting out and possibly moving to the American League where he could DH after the first four years. The total Dodgers deal was believed to have been worth in the low $160 millions.
This makes me feel a little better. I was fairly vocal about having a good feeling that Prince was coming to L.A., despite logic screaming at me for being stupid. That's a solid offer, and the Dodgers were simply outbid. I can live with that.
It's going to sting a bit later, if Loney doesn't perform at all (I think he'll be better than the past two years, if not by much.). For now though, I'm just happy I wasn't crazy for thinking the Dodgers were in on the Prince sweepstakes.