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The Brewers are unlikely to deal Prince Fielder

Nov 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

Prince Fielder

Jon Heyman tweets that the Brewers are leaning towards keeping Prince Fielder.

It’s not easy to be trying to trade Fielder right now, given that Adrian Gonzalez may soon be available and that other, lesser-but-cheaper first basemen can be had via free agency at the moment.  And of course, given that Fielder is a Boras client, he’s highly unlikely to be amenable to a contract extension prior to hitting the market as a free agent a year from now.

The Brewers could easily compete in 2011, so it may be worth keeping Fielder around anyway, even if they don’t believe they can sign him long term.  The NL Central isn’t outrageously strong, and if Milwaukee can upgrade its pitching this winter, there’s no reason they can’t be in the think of the race all year.

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