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The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here.

As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a guy who needs signed or drafted, Mike Rizzo will pick up the phone.  Fielder is a Boras guy. Boras’ biggest guy this winter.  Given the recent track record, it would not be at all surprising for people to speculate the Nats are in the bidding.

Indeed, it’s not at all hard to believe that Boras and whatever media surrogates he can muster will do their best to spread the word of the Nationals’ totally serious interest in making a big splash. They’ll point to the improved Nats’ team. The prospect of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on the horizon. The fact that, as the Jayson Werth deal showed, they’re not afraid to spend money.  They’ll use that to try to convince some other team who may be interested in Fielder that they had best bid high or not bother.

And with this report — assuming it’s true — it seems like the Nats are unwilling to be party to those kinds of games.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    They really don’t need Fielder as they have Morse and he looks pretty good. Of course, any money they are saving on Morse they are paying to LaRoche…$8 million for LaRoche next year??? Geeze.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      Linoge?

  2. trevorb06 - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I kind of hope Fielder takes a page from Weaver’s book and stays with the Brewers. He could still easily get a 6 year $100 mill+ from the Brewers AND still be making some serious effing bank just like Weaver. Everybody would win.

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Scott Boras seems to have plenty of huckleberries. The Tigers have been one.

  4. FC - Aug 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    The fact that, as the Jayson Werth deal showed, they’re not afraid to spend money

    Yes but can they spend it wisely?

    • stevejeltzjehricurl - Aug 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Exactly. It’s arguable that the Werth deal will be what keeps them from making a bid for Fielder.

  5. Ari Collins - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Actually, Sabathia is Boras’ biggest guy this winter. (And I don’t just mean physical size.)

  6. nightman13 - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    I’ve got to disagree with you there. In the post juicing era .300 hitters that can hit 40-50 HRs and are a lock for 100+ RBI aren’t found on trees anymore. I think the market for top end pitchers will be slower than the market for Fielder and Pujols. But as always time will tell.

    I hope CC gets a bigger contract than Prince, because that would mean Prince took a below market deal to stay in Milwaukee. Where he belongs.

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