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Scott Boras is right to compare Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira

Jul 13, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

Yesterday agent Scott Boras compared impending free agent Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira, a fellow client and slugging first baseman who got an eight-year, $180 million contract from the Yankees as a free agent two offseasons ago.
Boras did his usual hyperbolic thing, talking up Fielder as a future Hall of Famer and suggesting 20 teams would be willing to take Teixeira’s contract off the Yankees’ hands. He also once compared Oliver Perez to Sandy Koufax, so clearly anything he says should be taken with Fielder-sized grains of salt.
However, the Teixeira-Fielder comparison is actually a pretty reasonable one. First, here’s a look at how Fielder’s career numbers right now compare to Teixeira’s career numbers at the time of his free agency:

CAREER           G       PA      AVG      OBP      SLG     OPS+
Teixeira       904     3931     .290     .378     .541     134
Fielder        764     3201     .281     .383     .544     141

Fielder has played fewer games, but he’ll close that gap somewhat during the second half and in terms of all-around offensive production he has a slight edge over Teixeira in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and adjusted OPS+. Also of note is that Fielder will be 27 years old when he hits the open market, whereas Teixeira was 29.
Of course, career numbers don’t necessarily tell an accurate story, so let’s focus on what Fielder has done in the past three seasons compared to what Teixeira did in the three seasons before his free agency:

THREE YEARS      G       PA      AVG      OBP      SLG     OPS+
Teixeira       451     1987     .298     .393     .541     141
Fielder        410     1810     .283     .394     .542     148

Basically identical numbers, with Fielder holding a very slight edge. And finally, here’s a look at what Fielder has done this season compared to what Teixeira did in the season before his free agency:

PAST YEAR        G       PA      AVG      OBP      SLG     OPS+
Teixeira       157      685     .308     .410     .552     152
Fielder         89      397     .265     .401     .494     142

Teixeira finally tops Fielder here, although it’s worth noting that since getting off to a very slow start Fielder has hit .278/.413/.557 with 18 homers in the past 64 games.
Based strictly on their hitting Fielder has been slightly better than Teixeira was prior to his free agency and he’s also two years younger, which is significant. On the other hand, the scale tips back in Teixeira’s favor when it comes to defense and body type. Teixeira’s edge defensively is at least as big as Fielder’s edge offensively, and obviously there are all kinds of questions about how well Fielder will age at his weight.
I don’t think Fielder will come close to getting $180 million on the open market, in part because the baseball economy has changed since Teixeira signed his deal and in part because he likely won’t have the Yankees bidding for his services. With that said, for once a Boras comparison is actually pretty reasonable.

  1. Herkimer - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    And in 3 years when Fielder weighs 700 pounds and is due $100,000,000.00, how will the comparison look?

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Texiera is in top conditioning, while Fielder is a fat slob and will just grow once he gets paid. Plus, Texiera’s fielding far and away outweighs the minute difference between their offensive stats.

  3. DiamondDuq - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Understatement of the day:
    “Teixeira’s edge defensively is at least as big as Fielder’s edge offensively”
    And no mention of character in any of this? Boras, as with Gleeman, is simply using statistics to bolster the point they want to make but completely neglect the value of defense (ask the Yankee infielders and pitchers how valuable Tex’s defense is compared to say Giambi) and character (when was the last time Tex threw a temper tantrum and tried to break into the opposing team’s clubhouse? or got into a fight in the dugout with a teammate?).

  4. beezo - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Fielder is a DH. I doubt he gets any more than 5/100

  5. Jonny5 - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    You guys are hard on the Prince. Ever watch him run out a single? Ever watch him run out an obvious ground out? He’s twice as fast as guys half his size. Fielder is a hustling fool, and i don’t see him getting any bigger as long as he’s in the game.

  6. Don - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Let him go to Boston or Atlanta or maybe the Angels. Just don’t let him get within 100 miles of the Yankees. We don’t need him.

  7. Lt. Colombo - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    In defense of Boras (ugh) and as a Mets fan, I sure wish Perez would retire young.

  8. JBerardi - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    He’s also a vegetarian, for whatever that’s worth.

  9. SportsME23 - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Boras also just compared him to the late George Steinbrenner on twitter:
    “RIP Steinbrenner. God will never make another like you. Much like he will never make another Prince Fielder, who deserves a 12-year deal”
    What a piece of ****

  10. bbeer - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    no way man. please tell me that was a joke.

  11. SportsME23 - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    no joke. i hate him.

  12. scatterbrian - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    wow, what a self-serving douche bag. “Boss died? Hmmm, that’s too bad….but, at least it creates an opportunity to pimp my latest free agent!”

  13. jwb - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    You read that “RealScottBoras” twit feed, right?

  14. bbeer - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    oh wow. Scott Boras is a douche.

  15. JBerardi - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Honestly, how gullible can you people be?

  16. Jonny5 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    I assume it was an attempt at humor? 12 year deal? wowzas!!!

  17. Saintblitzkrieg - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    You pay your respects while pimping your client… if i was prince i would be calling him right now and yelling at him… I wouldn’t want to associated in that light at all.

  18. The Common Man - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Look people, that’s an unverified account. Don’t assume that Scott Boras actually wrote that. After all (I know that this will be a shock to some of you), some people on the internet aren’t what they pretend to be.

  19. scatterbrian - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Seemed over the top, but I guess I don’t know (or care) enough about Twitter. For whatever reason I thought they suspended those fake accounts.

  20. jkorn1818 - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    fielder is not as good as tex…period

  21. YANKEES1996 - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    This is typical Scott Boras BS, he is priming the pump looking for HIS next big payday. Prince Fielder is a good player but he is not the player Mark Teixeira is. What big market teams are going to be looking for a first baseman this offseason? I don’t think the Brewers are going to offer him that kind of money. I like Prince, but I believe I would rather have Kevin Youklis before Fielder.

  22. JBerardi - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Read the rest of the posts on that account. It’s an obvious parody, and not even a very good one.

  23. JBerardi - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    He’s priming the pump for Fielder’s big payday. You think anyone who signs as a Boras client isn’t looking to get paid? Again with the gullibility.

  24. JBerardi - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    “For whatever reason I thought they suspended those fake accounts.”

    Yeah, I’d direct your attention to this:

    or maybe this:

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