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Free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder talks DHing

Jul 12, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

Prince Fielder Reuters

For the second day in a row, Prince Fielder talked Tuesday about how he’s not ruling anything out as he approaches free agency for the first time.  That includes becoming a designated hitter.

“I did it a little in interleague. It’s not easy to do that,” said Fielder. “It’s different because you can’t have the sweat from playing defense. You have to have a routine to get loose. It’s not like you play defense, come in and you’re still warm. It takes effort to keep your body ready. It’s even harder mentally.”

Even though he’s just 27 and he’s one of the game’s best hitters, Fielder faces an uncertain market.  Big spenders like the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies already have first base spoken for, and he also has Albert Pujols to contend with.

“I’m not really ruling anything out,” said Fielder. “It’s tougher [being a DH], but I didn’t mind it. It was just something, it’s not, it’s something you have to learn. It’s not just something you can do and expect to be good without having to make any adjustment.”

Fielder then went off to look for his good friend Adam Dunn after missing him at the Home Run Derby last night.

  1. mvpolamalu - Jul 12, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Trade him for Brian Wilson and carlos beltran

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 12, 2011 at 8:41 PM


    • baseballisboring - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:45 AM

      Coherence is key.

  2. pisano - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    He’s trying to market himself to whomever will spend the most money, can’t say that I blame him. The big money teams are alreeady set at his position so he wants to be appealing to the second tier of spenders.

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