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Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.”

It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player.

Fielder’s return has always seemed unlikely and Milwaukee’s chances of winning a bidding war for Reyes seem slim, particularly if the Marlins are suddenly intent on spending big money.

Adding to the drama is that the Marlins have also been linked to Fielder in a few places, although with Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison around that doesn’t sound like much of a fit.

  1. dlindstedt2 - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    They have the money. The have a lot of money to throw around so I dont think that is the issue.

    The issue is how much are teams willing to give up. And where would you rather end up.

    For Prince, going to the Marlins would be a mistake, I dont see them going anywhere anytime soon. So why would you waste 4-7 years playing for someone that isn’t going to compete. I just dont understand that

    • 1chinatown - Nov 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

      When is this team going to change it’s mindset. What has the last 6 years gotten us. When we play contenders we are overwhelmed. What do I mean. Defense has always been an after thought to this franchise. When your infield has 80 + errors, your pitching has no confidence that they are going to only give up 3 outs per inning. This team will have plenty of offense without Prince. Spend the money on a defensive 1st & SS. Trust me, they will win more games then last year with that formula.

  2. mvp43 - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    If I’m The Brewers I pass on Reyes. He had a great year, but he’s an aging player and inury prone. And, he’s not a run producer. Yes, he gets on base, but they need someone to bat behind Braun.

    • 78mu - Nov 8, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      He’s not a run producer the way Prince is but he would fill a hole at SS for the Brewers. They need a SS but it’s likely Reyes plus whatever internal solutions for 1B the Brewers have will come up short of what Fielder and Yuni did. And that’s if Reyes stays healthy.

      For someone that looks more like an NFL lineman than a baseball player Fielder has been very durable. It’s unlikely Reyes or the Brewers 1B will only miss 13 games in the next six years.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    The Marlins should sign some super FA if they want people in the seats. That’s all I’m saying….

  4. halladaysbiceps - Nov 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Where is it in the rule of FA if you have no hope on signing one player, you must spend what money you have left on another player? Last time I checked, Jose Reyes doesn’t play 1st base. Shouldn’t the Brewers be focusing more on using their money to sure up 1st base and their pitching?

    • dlindstedt2 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      I would say they have bigger hole at SS.

      They have more options at first than SS. If you look around the league, SS is a commodity. For the Brewers, they could do a lot at first. They could shop or bring up someone to play outfield and play Hart at first. They could bring up Gamel at first, they could move Mcgahee to first. Right there I just gave you three options.

      For short, they have nothing. Betancourt, had a decent year, but nothing to be excited about. And they have no one really ready in the minor leagues. I would say that SS is a bigger need than 1st at this point.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        If Fielder leaves, who plays 1st? How will they replace his power?

      • dlindstedt2 - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:06 PM

        Who plays first if Fielder leaves.

        Lets see you could do a number of things.

        Mcgahee came up as a first base/third baseman. So you could run with that,
        Hart used to play first base, and you can make the case that it would be easier to sign or find a corner outfielder than a 1st baseman.
        The third option is you could run with Gamel who is down in Triple A who batted 20+ homeruns and 96 or so RBIs.

        You dont need power. I would take a 300 hitter, who can spray the ball where ever he wants than take Prince. He is the poor mans Pujols. If you are going to commit that amount of money to a 1st baseman, go spend it on Pujols or just get the hell out.

        The money is better spent on Reyes than Fielder.

      • alang3131982 - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

        Well, they have Mat Gamel and could move Corey Hart to 1b or McGehee as dlindstedt said. No one will replace Fielder’s power, besides fielder, so why worry about that?

        really, SS is far more difficult to fill.

      • Alex K - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        I would argue that Yuni and his .271 OBP and awful defense didn’t have a decent year.

        Mat Gamel could play first. He’s not Prince Fielder, but it’s a smaller drop off from Fielder to Gamel than Reyes to Betancourt.

  5. dlindstedt2 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Jose Reyes is only 28… how is he aging? Injury prone, sure, but aging… come on.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      28 is 58 in baseball player years.

    • paperlions - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      Like all humans….all players are aging, can’t be helped.

  6. sdelmonte - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Is Reyes really going to go for that much less than Fielder? If I were the Brewers, I’d try to stick with the guy they already have, since the Fielder-Braun combo seems to work well.

    • dlindstedt2 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Reyes will go for less than Fielder. And Fielder wont be a brewer. That is a pipe dream. Boras will get the biggest contract he can and make him sign. As much as the Brewers would want to keep him, they have little chance to. So if you are going to spend the money and bring in someone, I would say Reyes is as good as anyone. You can even say he is one of the best at the position. I would be happy with that.

      • paperlions - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        Oh come on….Boras doesn’t make any client do anything…he is just willing to play the bad guy so that fans/teams don’t direct their anger at the players. If players want the biggest contract, that is what they sign…if they want to play with a particular team or be in a particular situation, then Boras works towards that goal….Boras is the employee here.

  7. cur68 - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    All I want for Christmas is Fielder as a Blue Jay. If he’s on the team, the rest falls into place; Beurhle will want in, Papelbon will want in and Kelly Johnson re-signs to play 2nd. Everybody for less $ than ordinary because they get to make a run for the post season behind 2 of the best bats in MLB…this is what I tell myself when I’m high on a cocktail of sildenafil citrate, whiskey, soda and a pickled onion (known as “high hardball”).

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      Pulmonary Hypertension problems?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        That is a good one FC. Us in the pharmacy world will find the funny. I’m not sure about anybody else though.

      • cur68 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        Why yes, FC, that’s exactly why I make a sildinafil citrate cocktail…the amusing little side effects are just and added bone.. er bonus

    • kopy - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      So THAT’S why this is called “Hardball Talk”

  8. andyreidisfat - Nov 8, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    I think the brewers should send the phillies a bunch of prospects for Howard and then we can sign fielder lol

    • dlindstedt2 - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      What prospects. The best the Brewers could do is send you a bag of bats. They gave up their farm for Marcum/Greinke.

      • okobojicat - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        And the Phillies would be smart to jump at it and get out from under that Contract

  9. Tyree Studio - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Wonder what Grienke thinks about losing Fielder?

  10. cintiphil - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Giving up on Fielder is a big mistake, unless they can not compete salary wise with other teams. NOBODY is going to replace Prince at first base, poor fielding notwithstanding. There will be a BIG hole in this lineup without him in it. Hello to third place in the division, when he goes to another team!

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