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No progress in extension talks between Brewers, Fielder

Jun 27, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

Brewers GM Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt on Saturday that his club has made little progress toward a contract extension with slugger Prince Fielder and his agent, Scott Boras.

Melvin and Co. had been in talks with Boras during spring training, but it sounds like the two sides have very different opinions on the big man’s value.  Fielder is in the midst of a down year, batting a pedestrian .260/.392/.473 by his high standards.  Of course, there is plenty of baseball yet to be played this season and Cecil’s son is certainly capable of turning things around.  He does have 15 home runs and a 968 OPS in June.

The Brewers may hang onto Fielder until the offseason and then try to trade him for a batch of young prospects, but Melvin acknowledged that he will listen to offers from other clubs in the meantime.

“Whenever a deal feels good, you make it,” said the general manager.  “There’s no
timetable for that. Somebody could call up and say, ‘Hey, would you do
this?’  A
lot of guys snoop around to see what’s going on. If somebody asks about
a player, I’ll say, ‘You’ve asked about him. What will you offer?'”

Fielder, who turned 26 in May, is under contract through the 2011 season.  He is a .281/.382/.542 career hitter with 175 home runs over his first five-plus professional seasons.

  1. bbeer - Jun 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    I really hope they get something worked out. I hate Boras with a fiery passion. The brew crew is a pitching rotation away from being a seriously scary team. When the rotation pitches well they go on a roll like they are right now (minus crappy 10 mil a year Randy Wolf aka Suppan Jr.)
    Go brewers!

  2. BC - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    You know he’s going to ask for at least $25 mil per season given the Howard deal. Maybe they nab him for $22 mil.
    Interesting thought… Ortiz and Lowell are both off the books at the end of the year. If Boston throws $25 mil a year his way… Not that I want to see that, but I’m just sayin….

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