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Heyman: the Brewers aren't likely to keep Prince Fielder

May 1, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for prince fielder hr celebration.jpgVia MLB Trade Rumors, Jon Heyman was on the MLB Network last night and opined that despite some preliminary talks, the Brewers are not likely to be able to sign Prince Fielder to an extension and that the big man will be traded before he can become a free agent after the 2011 season. Ryan Howard’s $25 million/year contract is the culprit. Fielder is younger than Howard, would expect at least that much money over a longer period and that may simply be too rich for Milwaukee.

This isn’t necessarily a controversial position, as the Brewers were suspected to be thinking more along the lines of Mark Teixeira money (his contract tops out at $22.5 million a year).  But as we all know, Heyman tends to know what’s happening with Scott Boras clients, which Prince Fielder is one, so the notion that the Brewers aren’t going to have enough money to keep Fielder may be a particularly informed bit of analysis.

It’s a bit premature to analyze Fielder’s worth on the free agent market like we all did with Howard this past week, but my gut feeling is that, yeah, he’s going to ask for and is probably worth Howard money, at least on a per annum basis. Contract length is going to be the real issue with him, and given his apparent future as a DH, you can figure that teams are going to loathe to go long with him.

The Brewers are 9-14 and aren’t playing inspired baseball.  If I’m running that team and I think that Boras is going to use Howard’s deal as a starting point, I consider unloading him this year.

  1. trampslikeus - May 1, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Prince to San Francisco for Matt Cain

  2. Steve-O - May 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    San Francisco is in the NL therefore no DH and Panda is probably gonna have to shift across the diamond in the not too distant future. A deal to SF doesn’t make much sense to me.

  3. Lorenzo - May 1, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Boston may decide not to wait for Adrian Gonzalez and pick up Fielder this year. After the season, Boston loses the contracts of Ortiz, Beltre and Victor Martinez, and can afford Gonzalez too, for a powerful 1B-DH combination. They’d still have to find somebody who can catch and throw runners out. A.J.Pierzynski?

  4. ralf - May 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    The Brewers have more talent on their roster than their poor start suggests. Milwaukee fans are eager to get behind the Brewers- it wouldn’t take much of an improvement to create some excited buzz- but waving the white flag by trading their most popular player would ruin the goodwill that’s been built since Attanasio bought the team (not to mention the chance of a plus-.500 season). If they’re within 10 games of St. Louis in late July they’ll keep Prince until at least the early part of the 2011 season and they’ll be right to do it.

  5. sjp - May 1, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Prince is exactly the kind of player for which an NL team shouldn’t overpay. With his body type, age isn’t likely to be kind. The Brewers and their fans will count themselves lucky when they are not saddled with Prince at the price and years he wants…..maybe not next year or the year after….but for many years after that, they will be glad.

  6. Borasbites - May 1, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    How about we trade Boras to the NBA for a bag of chips and an agent to be named later?

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