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Prince Fielder, Brewers agree on a $15.5 million deal for 2011

Jan 18, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder and the Brewers avoided arbitration today with a $15.5 million deal in what will be his last arbitration contract.  The deal makes Fielder the highest-paid Brewer of all time, passing Zack Greinke, who has held the title for a couple of weeks.

Attention Reds fans who keep asking me why the team would agree to buy out Joey Votto‘s arbitration years for $38 million while not getting any free agent years from him: this deal is the reason.  If Votto had gone to arbitration for all three years, he’d easily exceed $38 million given the precedent set by Ryan Howard and Fielder’s arbitration deals.  It gave the Reds cost-certainty and saved them several million dollars.  That’s not nothing.

As for Fielder: the Brewers have loaded for bear this winter, Fielder has apparently lost some weight and he’s poised for free agency after the 2011 season.  Anyone betting against a huge year by the guy had better be getting great odds.

  1. BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    They paid $15.5mil to buy themselves time. Plain and simple.

  2. spudchukar - Jan 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I actually think it is the other way around. It is up to Fielder to prove he belongs in the upper echelon of 1B’s. Otherwise the Brewers know they can spend their money more wisely elsewhere.

  3. clusterpuck - Jan 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    If he took $15 mil to McDonalds how many cheeseburgers could he get?

    • BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      Now that double cheesburgers have (sadly) dropped off the dollar menu and are now $1.19, at least as google indicates in the Milwaukee/Beloit/Janesville area, you’re looking at 13025210.084 double cheesburgers.

      • brewcrewchamps - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        double cheese’s havent been on there for awhile…the mcdouble certainly is though. double cheese’s dropped from 1.29 to 1.19.

        I’m a broke college kid I’m allowed to know this.

  4. fquaye149 - Jan 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Best shape of his life, Craig?

    • BC - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      If that shape is spherical, then yes.

  5. xmatt0926x - Jan 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    i guess its just human nature but it always seems odd when someone decides to finally get themselves into shape only when its a contract year or they magically pull an Adrian Beltre and have their career years only in contract years.

    • davebrownspiral - Jan 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Odd? I’d actually say its pretty normal nowadays. I pretty much expect guys to “get in shape” and have huge years (if not the best years of their careers) in their walk year.

    • florida727 - Jan 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      I wish some major league GM had the balls to sign EVERY player on their roster to nothing but one-year deals. Superstars balk? Too bad. Fill the roster with high-level minor leaguers that are trying to prove themselves. They’ll play harder than anyone in the league. The entertainment-to-cost ratio would draw countless fans. Ticket prices can come down. More families can afford to go to a game without having to refinance (or at least not sit 4,000 rows from home plate). Money is ruining the game. Has for a long time. Pretty soon I hope these guys are all playing in empty stadiums. Then the owners will finally pull the plug and say screw it, you’re not getting paid that much. Unfortunately, there are still enough idiots out there willing to pay stupid prices to watch 1 of 162 meaningless games.

      • spudchukar - Jan 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM

        Doesn’t placing the two sentences; “Money is ruining the game.”,”Has for a long time.,” essentially make each meaningless?

  6. kenbercheval - Jan 18, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    “Brewers” – the best team nickname in all of sports!

  7. henryd3rd - Jan 18, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    When one takes into consideration Jason Werth’s contract I have to wonder what Fielder will be worth (excuse the pun) when he becomes a free agent?

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