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Prince Fielder is looking for a Mark Teixeira deal

Jul 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

Yesterday Tom Haudricourt said that, after his conversation with Scott Boras, he was never more convinced that Prince Fielder was going to leave Milwaukee via free agency.  Today we have the article explaining why, and it comes down to two words: Mark Teixeira. The quotes are all Boras:

“When you have a player that performs like Mark Teixeira, you have to
look at Prince Fielder’s performance in comparison. You
want to know the value of a player? Take a look at it . . . Prince is a home-run hitter. He’s 70 home runs ahead of Teixeira at
that point . . . If you look at Mark Teixeira’s contract, he made the Yankees money. How
many teams would take on Mark Teixeira’s contract? I would say 20. The
reason is it’s good business to do that. Those players are invaluable.”

Mark Teixeira got an eight-year, $180 million contract which started out at $20 million a year and escalates up to $22.5 million a year starting next season and will take him through 2016.  Unconfirmed reports had the Brewers offering Fielder $20 million for four or five years.

I know everyone got tired of hearing the “body type” and “aging pattern” arguments when Ryan Howard got his extension, but they apply even more so to Fielder.  Boras is big on comps, is he? If I were the Brewers I would challenge him to identify for me one player in the history of baseball as short and as fat as Prince Fielder is who put up top-flight, MVP-type numbers during his age 28-35 seasons.

And no, I won’t accept Babe Ruth unless Boras is willing to really run with that comparison and make the claim that Fielder is the Babe’s equivalent in all aspects of his game.  Which, now that I think about it, he might just try to see if he can do it.

Anyway, I think the point to be drawn from all of this is that Milwaukee had best think about trading Fielder pronto.

  1. BC - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Kirby Puckett was short and fat… and I think won at least 1 MVP in there. Didn’t hit 45 home runs, but didn’t break down either. Well, except for his eye…

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Trade his large butt. That’s all they can do at this point. Unless they just get the draft picks by him going FA?

  3. ThatGuy - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Puckett was short, but more of a muscular stocky than fat. He always had speed and was a great defender. Not exactly a great comparison to fielder.

  4. Glenn - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    The Red Sox wouldn’t even give Mark Teixeira “Mark Teixeira money”, so that would take them out of it. Who is left to pay that much? Every other big market team seems to be tight with the money these days. I don’t see the Dodgers or Mets paying this either.

  5. bbeer - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    They won’t let him hit free agency…he’s more than a couple of draft picks…the crew will need a top tier big league ready pitcher and multiple promising prospects

  6. Kung - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Obivously Boras is going to say this, but obviously he’s not going to get it. I think he’d be lucky to get the Howard deal, which most people think was too much anyways.

  7. hermitfool - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    I’m not sure comparing Prince Fielder’s body to Babe Ruth’s has much validity. At the later end of his career Ruth sported a modest beer belly, but he never carried Fielder weight, let alone Fielder weight if he uses a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to purchase groceries. A more useful weight related career decline comparison is Prince’s father. I’m betting Prince will be able to serve as a useful bat until his early thirties. How much longer he can preserve his value depends more on new developments in biochemistry than on his body shape.

  8. Jonny5 - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Seriously, when he says “Tex money”, he’s really saying “Yankees money”, and since they won’t need a First baseman or DH, Fielder will get more of a “Prince Fielder type of contract”

  9. DiamondDuq - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Boras is simply using statistics in the easiest way possible, to make any argument you want to make. The problem with that, as with all stats geeks, is that you lose sight of so much more relevant information. Compare Prince to Tex? That’s absurd. You’re comparing a left-handed defensive liability to a switch-hitting, gold glove winning first baseman. On top of that, you’re comparing a loose cannon with several incidents that reflect poorly on his maturity (Dodgers clubhouse incident, bowling pin BS, etc.) to, by all accounts, a humble, consummate professional. Throw in the body-type questions and there’s no comparison at all! There’s no way, and I’m not even going to qualify this statement with an “I could be wrong”, anyone will give this guy Tex money to be a DH in 5 years or less while being an arrogant, immature, quite frankly asshole along the way.

  10. Cantankerous - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Boras once compared Oliver Perez to Sandy Koufax. Comparing Fielder to Ruth is child’s play.

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