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Fielder states the obvious, calls it his ‘last year’ with Brewers

Sep 15, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix Reuters

Quick everyone, raise your hand if you expect Prince Fielder to sign a huge free-agent deal this offseason to return to the Milwaukee Brewers.

(… waits …)


Well I can’t say that I’m surprised. Neither apparently, does Prince Fielder, who told TBS on Wednesday that this would likely be his last season in Milwaukee.

The Chicago Tribune has the goods:

Fielder made a reference to teammate Ryan Braun and regrets that the duo won’t stick together after this season.

“It’s been great, unfortunately, this is probably the last year of the one-two punch,” Fielder said. “But I think it’s been good, five years, him and me. Hopefully, we can go out with a blast.”

The Brewers are in position to win their first division title since 1982, when Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and co. went all the way to the World Series before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. They will not be favored to get that far this fall, not with the powerhouse Phillies ruling the National League.

The Brewers say they will make Fielder an offer after the season, and maybe a deep playoff run (along with the champagne parties that go with it) will convince ownership to open it’s wallet. But with big money committed to Ryan Braun ($61 million), Rickie Weeks ($34 million) and Corey Hart ($20 million) beyond this season, expected raises coming for arbitration-eligibles like Shawn Marcum and John Axford, as well as the question of what to do with Zack Greinke (a free agent after 2012), a serious play for Fielder seems unlikely.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Brewers will cease to be a contender after 2011. After all, it was an improved pitching staff that led to their rise this season, with only the Phillies, Braves and Giants allowing fewer runs per game in the NL this season.

That being said, it sure is fun to watch the big guy hit a baseball. Players like Fielder don’t come along too often. Enjoy him while you’ve got him, Brewers fans.

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  1. dailyrev - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    why does he think it’s necessary to talk about this now? This is something he had plenty of time to talk about during the series with the Cardinals whenever one of them got on first base (“I’m thinking 220M Albert, how about you?”), and that’s where it should have stayed till November or whenever the Brews are eliminated. Now his team’s headed toward the playoffs, does this issue need to be a media event? I swear these pro athletes should come with zippers on their lips and net nannies on their twitter accounts…

  2. trbowman - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Great, another high profile free agent no doubt headed to the Dead Sox or Bankees.

    • baseballisboring - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:13 AM

      Nah…won’t sign with BOS to DH, Yanks have Teix and Montero, but seems like he’ll be chasing the highest possible payday. Just once I’d like to see one of these big superstars flip the script and just sign with the Pirates or something.

      • Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM

        You mean like Jayson Werth signing with the Nationals?

      • Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        Granted, Werth isn’t a huge superstar, but he was clearly the second best free agent last year.

    • cosanostra71 - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:52 AM

      if he’s chasing the money, which he is, he’ll end up going to someone like Baltimore or Chicago Cubs

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM

        I’d love to see Prince as an O. That would just be funny for some reason, though he would of course be resigning himself to never making the playoffs again.

  3. brewcrewchamps - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    The man should probably win MVP..him and Braun have both been incredibly clutch down the stretch. But if he goes to the Cubs, I’ll cry.

    • paperlions - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM

      Fielder is nothing like the MVP this year. He is a horrible fielder and baserunner, and plays an position low on defensive value. He would have to be clearly the best hitter in the league to even be in consideration, and he isn’t anything close to the best hitter this year, as Kemp, Votto, and Braun have all been clearly better hitters, and many players have been similar hitters but provide more value in the field and on the bases.

      • paperlions - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        To be clear, great player, not MVP.

  4. cur68 - Sep 15, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Oh, please, Alex Anthopolous, be listening! Now, get your check book out and your ‘zero’ writing pen and get busy, pu-leeeeeaaasssseeee!

    • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      Whoa, whoa, whoa, beaver bait. You’re not trying to stir up the East by pairing Prince and Bautista, are you?

    • Kevin S. - Sep 15, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      You prefer Prince to the Machine? But yeah, I see the Jays walking away with one of those guys this winter and the Beast getting that much beastlier.

    • missthemexpos - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      If A.A. is going to open up his wallet, I would prefer Papelbon.

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

        Are they a complete enough team that a high-priced closer is the piece they’re missing, do you think? Honest question, not being sarcastic.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        Hey, maybe they can ignore Keith Law’s report on multi-year deals for closers like they did before signing B.J. Ryan!

  5. phukyouk - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    welcome to the team bob…. who, if I may ask, is “your” team?

    • Bob Harkins - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      I’m not new, just an infrequent poster, but thanks anyway! As far as my team, that would be the Joel E. Ferris Saxons of Spokane, Wash., which produced such minor league greats as Matt Sachse and Jerrod Miller. OK so we were a basketball school. What are you gonna do?

  6. cshearing - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Going to be interesting to see how this and Pujols plays out, as the two main big spenders are already set at 1st. Angels have a great youngster there, but I guess it is possible. Dodgers are in shambles, but maybe if they get a new owner quickly enough and want to make a splash.

  7. mercyflush - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks that signing Prince Fielder to a 5 year or greater deal, at $100 million or more, is just an abslutely terrible idea?

    The guy is a fat slob now. He’s a great hitter, no doubt. But he’s gonna balloon as he gets older, like his old man. He’s gonna breakdown in a couple years – is there any doubt about that??

    The best thing that could happen to the Brewers is that he goes to the Cubs for big money and years, setting their franchise even further back, and the Brewers take some of the money they would have spent on him and invest it more wisely.

    • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      What I would like to see more of in sports are incentive-driven contracts. With someone like Fielder, you could, let’s say, guarantee him half of the money for a number of years, but the other half comes if he plays in x amount of games and performs at or above a specified level. I don’t want to get into trouble with the traditional stats or saber-toothed communities, so I won’t speculate on what stats should be used to measure said performance, but that is definitely doable.

      If this became the new norm in team sports, it would save a lot of headaches for everyone, I think. Except underperforming stars, but I can’t feel bad for someone like Vernon Wells if he were to only earn $10 million instead of whatever ungodly number he’s fleeced the Jays and Angels for.

      Note: what I’m suggesting is not to only pay a guy a salary commensurate with the level at which he is performing necessarily, meaning Adam would be paid the league minimum or worse, but to not pay a guy like an All-Star unless he is performing like one.

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        Adam Dunn*

        Thanks for the edit button, HBT!

    • gostros19 - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Reference Carlos “fatass” Lee….

  8. fthrvic - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Coming to an AL city near you, Prince Fielder at-bats in that dress he’s calls a uniform.

  9. rwjk - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    the thing is prince doesn’t care about making the playoffs he would come play for the o’s if the money was right. orioles are willing to break the bank on him but unfortunately it won’t be spent on bringing a superstar to the yard. most likely it will be spent on spreading it out to free agent veteran super stars like chipper jones and curt schilling and probably giving kevin gregg a contract extension. in all seriousness though, the orioles should no doubt plan on bringing some ********** pitching on to the team over the next 2 years or their fan appreciation level will drop another 44%.

    • Bob Harkins - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM

      Who are you, Ice Cube? Come on man. Just uneccessary.

  10. rwjk - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    p.s. prince is probably going to san francisco. think about it.

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