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Should the Brewers trade Prince Fielder?

Feb 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for fielder_prince_090928.jpgDave Begel of On Milwaukee magazine thinks the answer is yes:

If you think [The Brewers] are a team that should contend every year and expect
that they will always be in the hunt for a playoff berth, then you say
of course you have to sign Fielder. Both Braun and Fielder are better
when they are both in the lineup.

But if you believe the Brewers are trying to catch lightning in a
bottle and need a minor miracle to win a World Series against the big
boys, then you say it’s okay to trade Fielder. God knows what you could
get for him, but it would certainly be a lot of talent . . . I think this team gets a lot closer to the World Series without
Prince Fielder in the lineup.

Seems radical, but this viewpoint has a supporter in Rob Neyer, who thinks that while trading Fielder may be a big P.R. hit, bringing in some talent for the big guy, not having to pay him big money and installing Mat Gamel at first base — with Casey McGehee at third — would make Milwaukee a better, more competitive team for the long haul.

Would Doug Melvin consider this? Right now it seems that trading him would be far-fetched. But, if the Brewers find themselves out of the race at some point this year, it’s got to be something they consider, because (a) while Milwaukee draws well, they don’t have access to a money tree; and (b) Fielder, represented by Scott Boras, is not going to sign some club-friendly deal prior to hitting the open market.

  1. Fast Eddy - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Of course they should trade him. But first, they need to see if Atlanta wants another team, because I am sure they will have to move with NO fans to watch.

  2. Shely - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Why in the world would anyone trade him for PROSPECTS? Or does he think teams will give a gaggle of established for Prince? All they can expect in a trade like this, is one journeyman player and maybe one or two good PROSPECTS. Maybe they can get a utility player also. However, what is the track record on prospects? Probably one out of a hundred make it like Prince has.

  3. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Why in the world would anyone trade him for PROSPECTS? Or does he think teams will give a gaggle of established for Prince?

    Most likely because many teams, like the Brewers, are limited by what they can actually spend. And giving one player a $100M deal would significantly affect what the team could do in the future regarding other FA’s (Braun for example).
    However, if you can trade the player for multiple prospects, who are both cost controlled and under contract for [usually] 6 years, and have a good player [Gamels] waiting in the wings, you take a flyer on it.

  4. BC - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Think a team like Tampa could stick him at DH and rent him for a year if they’re in the race?

  5. Jonny5 - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Hmmm? that’s the view from behind pinstripe colored glasses. Milwaukee knows they can’t afford to keep Fielder, so giving him up before the trade deadline will get them much in return, as opposed to losing him after the season and picking up some draft picks…. I say they trade him.
    ….Fast eddy, the brewers are well above the leauge average in attendance. Also they pull more fans than Atlanta does, so what do you mean???

  6. smsetnor - Feb 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    I think you have to trade him. And from a PR stand point, you have to be open with your fans. The people who kvitch the most are mostlikely the people who aren’t buying tickets any way. The people who understand baseball and are true Brew fans will get it. Gamel is a great option. The guy will mash, but does K a lot and you don’t want the fans to turn on the “Fielder Replacement” a la Mike Schmidt when he was a rookie.
    And please, for the love of God, can we get Koshansky something more than a cup of coffee? I know the guy stunk it up last year, but he had some great years in the minors stuck behind Helton when he should have been hitting moonshots at Coors (and striking out 400 times a season).

  7. Bryan - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Trade his fat ass already. Cranky dude don’t love his daddy.

  8. Craig Calcaterra - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Cranky dude’s daddy gambled away thousands of dollars of his son’s money, so I think Cranky dude has the right.

  9. Rick - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    No, the Nationals need to sign him.

  10. steve - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Typical “reporting” by Dave Begel … he was a malcontent in college who went on to become a giant malcontent as an adult (well, sort of an adult). Amazing that he can get a job after all the bridges he has burned. Then, again, is not a real job.

  11. Old Gator - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    If they’re going to move anywhere, it should be to Macondo, where they can compete in the lucrative, albeit slightly mythical, Cuban fan market with the Feesh. What’s more, once they develop a reputation for trading away their best players for EYPs and replacing them with Rule 5 scrapheap reconstitution jobs on ILCs, they can really compete for the same fan base. Plus, if they play their home games at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium while the Feesh are on the road, they can take half the Feesh’s rainouts, which would allow both owners to pocket more of the luxury tax money and lower their business interruption premiums at the same time.

  12. Joe - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Trade him to fill open positions on the team. 3 top minor leaguers and 2 or 3 from low minors A league.

  13. Rays fan - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Sure, but rent-a-player deals are not part of the Rays’ M.O. Being a small market, low budget team themselves, they built through trading established players for prospects. Don’t expect that to change.

  14. lar @ wezen-ball - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    You know, I started writing a nice, long response, but I liked it so much I decided to make it a quick blog post at Wezen-Ball. You can go read it here if you like ( but it boils down to this:
    The Brewers are in the bottom of the ninth with one out and a runner on second right now with Prince coming to the plate. Do they swing for the fences and keep Prince for both years, or do they see if they can string together a few hits instead to win this game? There are fans in Milwaukee who would answer that differently…

  15. zac - Feb 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Baseball’s a tough gig. Trading him may indeed be better for all parties involved, but it’s awful hard, if you’re Fielder and the people of Milwaukee, to look at it and think “damn, I do nothing but rake for these guys and they can’t be bothered to pay me” and “damn, we draft and develop a great young hitter and we can’t even hold on to him through his prime,” respectively.

  16. cubfan48 - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    I say trade him – he kills us and the sooner he is gone the happier I will be! LOL

  17. Fast Eddy - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Hello, are you dreaming or what? Why do they have above average attendance? Prince Fielder! (even if some others can play decent ball). They currently have no one else who can carry this team. Teams who sell or trade their best players for money, usually suffer. Saying that they could sell to get more players is the same thing. And, It will take trying out many prospects before they get another player like Fielder. They maybe long gone by then.

  18. Anders C. - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    prince to boston?

  19. smsetnor - Feb 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    I highly doubt that Prince Fielder is the sole reason that the Brewers have above average attendance. That is over-simplifying baseball economics and fan attendance to such an unreasonable level that I can’t even come up with a sarcatic response.

  20. Omega in Colorado - Feb 17, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Man too bad he plays First, I would love to see him play 81 games a year at Coors Field. But this town loves Helton too much, they wouldn’t take kindly to Fielder replacing him.
    I could see him going to an AL team and being a DH though.

  21. Scott Bryden - Feb 17, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Prince Fielder for David Ortiz and Mike Lowell. Let’s do this!

  22. Aaron - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    good lord i hope that’s a joke

  23. Shely - Feb 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    I think it will take more than those two. Ortiz can not play because his value is as a DH. Mike Lowel for Fielder? That is a joke! They will have to throw in Pedroia and Lackey.

  24. SLOW IN the FU$%^&*( HEAD EDDY - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Fast Eddy-
    You sir are so far off base in regards to Brewers attendance and fan base. they may be a small market team but to suggest the franchise could move is ridiculous and moronic. think about other teams who thrive in the small market. and i would say right now they are thriving. Oh and to say they have no one else to carry that team is an also way off. Ryan Braun is an MVP type player, and if players like ricky weeks and casey mcgehee can repeat what they did last season then that is still a potent lineup without prince. corey hart had a down year last season, but i would expect him to improve this year. and you would figure they get something in return for prince. You must be a cubs fan. You ignorance shows. i personally think it might be a could idea to trade. they need a better catcher then gregg zaun in my mind and they can always use some arms.

  25. Bigmar - Feb 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Brewers should keep Fielder as long as he’s producing DECENT numbers. Albeit I would like to see his BA up about 20-30 points he still puts the ball in play and homers frequently. The RBI’s he drives in are what HOF’s are made of and the HR’s are icing on the cake. Brewers need to figure out the pitching situation and unload some of the dead weight. Suppan for starters needs to be shown the door and replaced with a hard throwing lefty, frankly ANY hard throwing lefty over Suppan will suffice. Most other positions are filled adequately although Hart and his BA and K’s are not appealing at all to me. I went to Spring Training and Hart signed my glove…now it’s ruined ;-(
    GO Brewers!

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