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Quote of the day: "It's my decision"

Jan 31, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for fielder_prince_090928.jpgAdam McCalvy of reports that the Brewers are already engaging agent Scott Boras in some preliminary discussions about a long-term contract for Prince Fielder.

Fielder, who turns 26 in May, is under team control for two more seasons. As McCalvy aptly points out, there’s no real precedent for Boras to advise one of his clients against testing the open market, but Fielder doesn’t dismiss the notion at all.

“In the end, it’s my decision. But as my agent, he’s
going to make sure that I have the most information possible about
what’s going to benefit me and my family. That’s what it’s about first.
My family has to be happy, and then I go from there. There’s no urgency right now as far as that.”

These sound like some pretty canned remarks, consistent with a player contemplating free agency, but consider that fellow first basemen Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Adrian Gonzalez could also hit the open market after the 2011 season. If all four stay healthy, they’ll attract large contracts from some of the game’s biggest spenders. One or two of them could agree to an extension before hitting free agency, but if they don’t, position scarcity could have a lot to say about where each of them end up. As of now, it figures to be quite a unique offseason.

  1. vicki - Jan 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I can’t imagine why fielder and braun would want to stick around in milwaukee,they can’t afford to get any decent pitching

  2. Jake - Jan 31, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Well Braun has been locked up long-term for quite a while now, so he’s not going anywhere. If Fielder leaves as a free agent after the 2011 season, I’d bet Gamel takes over at first for the Crew.

  3. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 1, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    “In the end, it’s my decision………
    Oh yeah, you better speak to Scott Boras.
    Johnny Damon
    former Yankee Outfielder.

  4. live jasmin - Feb 27, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Thanks a lot for this post. It’s incredibly informative. If you don’t mind, I’ve got a question

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