MLB Free Agent Prince Fielder To The Dodgers?
This will be marked as one of the most fruitful free agent markets in recent MLB history. There are dozens of game changing players on the block for the new year and aside from Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder seems to be commanding the most attention. So let’s breakdown where he might end up.
Fielder is being actively pursued by the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs and of course the New York Yankees. MLB rumors have him signing in the neighborhood of $180-$200 million for an 8 year contract, which would make him only the third highest paid player today, assuming he signed a $200 million, eight year deal.
Out of the box, we would all think that he would be wearing pinstripes, right? Wrong. The Yankees, though always interested, will not sign Fielder. They currently have 3 of the top 4 salaries in baseball with A-Rod, Texiera and CC Sabathia. They already have Texeria, so taking on another first baseman would be a foolish move, though not a new one for the Yankees.
San Fran would be a logical choice, but they too have a bad taste in their mouths that stems from their pocket book. As of today they are paying Barry Zito and Carlos Beltran to sit in the dugouts more than play baseball and they happen to have some great prospect coming up. They are a real contender for Fielder, but this is only in a perfect world.
Texas and the Cubs are very possible landing places for Fielder. Chicago needs help, big time, and I am sure they wouldn’t mind taking a bat away from a division rival. Theo Epstein is the right guy for a player like Fielder to sign with, but I also don’t see that going anywhere. As far as Texas goes…..who knows, they are still reeling from a devastating loss in the World Series, but I would place them at number three on the Prince list this year.
That leaves Los Angeles. I do not mean the Angels, they are out of the picture with monster salaries due to the likes of Vernon “.218” Wells and Torii Hunter. They seem like a good fit, but the other side of LA is more fitting for a Prince.
It is a known fact that Fielder is good friends with Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp. If the two were to be teammates in Los Angeles, not only would it make a very dangerous lineup, but a fun clubhouse to be a part of in the biggest stage on the planet. After seeing what former Yankees legend and current manger Don Mattingly did with this under talented team last season, the sky would be the limit from one lefty slugger to another.
Not to mention he is a 27 year old superstar, have you seen the women in LA? Can you imagine the damage he and Kemp could do in the weak NL West? Look for him to be a Dodger by the end of the free agents season.
I would say that his wish list is #1 The Dodgers, #2 The Cubs and #3 San Francisco
Prince Fielder 2011 League Ranks:
• 2nd in NL in HR (38)
• 2nd in NL in RBI (120)
• 7th in NL in R (95)
• 2nd in NL in BB (107)
• 3rd in NL in SLG (.566)
• 3rd in NL in OPS (.981)