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Yes, the Mariners are going after Prince Fielder

Nov 29, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

Mariners GM Jack┬áZduriencik confirmed to MLB.com today that the M’s are, indeed, going to make a play for Prince Fielder. With all requisite caution, of course:

“There’s no question we could use a big bat in the middle of our lineup,” said the M’s general manager, “but where is your limitation and threshold? We’ll go down that road and experiment and see where it ends up, but until things get more definitive, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Obviously the Mariners could use his bat. The question is why Fielder would want to go to Seattle? Not the best hitting environment. Certainly not national exposure central. And the team is not yet a winner.

But of course, Fielder is a Boras client, so if Seattle bids the highest …

  1. Kevin S. - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Actually, Safeco is fairly neutral to LHH pull power. It’s RHH pull power it annihilates.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Now you’re telling me!
      -Adrian Beltre

  2. trevorb06 - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    If Fielder goes to Seattle I’ll eat Craig’s hat for him if he ever actually has to eat his hat.

    • Old Gator - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      Understand though that if you eat his hat, you’re going to be stuck paying for his sunblock.

    • cur68 - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Trev:

      http://www.zazzle.ca/edible+hats

      …just in case.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Aw man, now Craig’s off the hook… I was so looking forward to watching HBT Extra when that happened…

      • trevorb06 - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        Oh, but he ain’t off the hook. No way Fielder goes to the Mariners. Craig, however, has bet that hat dinner on a couple of things that just might be able to happen. Who’s keepin’ toll again?

      • cur68 - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        Latest hat as fast food bet; Ortiz to some team other than Red Sox & Craig eats hat.

        Previously, on stomach surgery theater, we had hat eaten if Vernon Wells had a better season than Carlos Beltran last season. Hat lived as Vernon was Vernon (that evil sod).

        Also up for consumption was a poster if Trump bought the Mets. The specific poster didn’t actually exist (or some such controversy that got the panties bunched of the anal retentive) of course, but I think he’d have eaten something poster sized, shape and nature if we’d had the Trump New York Mets.

        Trev is only on the hook (like a hat, of course) for Fielder to the Mariners.

        Seems to me, that people’d be better off if their mouths didn’t write cheques that their stomach can’t cash, so better isolate that edible hat ASAP. Sooner or later, that damn hat’s gonna be ‘et.

      • Alex K - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        cur- You coud at least give me credit for the mouth writing checks his stomach can’t cash line!

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:15 PM

        I’d advise against this hat thing. I don’t think our body can…ahem…digest them.

      • cur68 - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:22 PM

        Precisely WMSIK. That’s why all planning on eating their hat needs to see that link I posted.

        Alex: I used “Cheques” you used “Checks”; mine now.

      • Alex K - Nov 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

        That’s a lame excuse, cur. Lame, lame, lame. It’s still mine!

  3. shawnuel - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Well, there is no question Safeco is FAR more inviting to LH batters than righties, but it still takes a pretty good poke to right field with that heavy, marine air.

    • Old Gator - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      Marine air, did you call it? It’s brine vapor with a 16% content of Ivar’s Chowder.

  4. emeraldcityfan - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Hey why not? We already pay 27.5M for two slap hitters in Chone Figgins and Ichiro, why not 25M over 8 years for a first baseman who will eventually be a DH. Somewhere Big Ritchie Sexton is smiling…..

  5. Charles Gates - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Prince Fielder should sign with the Royals solely for the sake of the terrible newspaper puns.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      They should trade for King Felix, too.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    So, is that idiot Zduriencik finally admitting that Smoak is a bust? Good thing he pulled out the rug on the Yanks at the last minute in the Cliff Lee fiasco to get him.

    • mkd - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      Wow who are you shilling for?

      1. Jack Zduriencik is not an idiot
      2. Smoak is not a bust- he played through a rotten thumb injury last year.
      3. Jesus Montero can’t play defense
      4. The Cliff Lee trade was not a fiasco
      5. Except for the Lueke thing- that was indeed a bit of a fiasco.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        3. No, Jesus Montero can’t catch. There’s no reason to believe he couldn’t handle first base, and he’s a better, younger hitter than Smoak.

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        You beat me to it, Kevin. I will bet anything that when all is said and done, Montero is going to be a far surperior all-around player than Smoak.

  7. desertdawgtempe - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Smoak is for Trade Bait. Seattle has the money to get this done.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      Says who? We don’t know their bank statements.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 29, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Dude, have you seen Skyward Sword? Don’t need to see any bank statements to know Nintendo can make it rain on anybody they feel like.

  8. uyf1950 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    The Mariners certainly could use some offense. But I doubt this marriage will ever be consummated. I have no doubt Fielder will receive at least one if not more offers that will be more attractive from other teams.

  9. icanspeel - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Does anyone else not sound convinced based on the GM’s comments? You could basically say the same thing for most teams out there that they need a bat, they will inquire and see where it goes.

    • 78mu - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      The GM looked at the newspaper and saw Fielder was a free agent so he thought about it and said he’d be interested. But I doubt he got out his pencil and calculator and tried to come up with some contract terms Boras would not laugh at.

  10. dlindstedt2 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I think we maybe hitting the point where GMs are starting to say players salaries are too expensive. 25 Mil for a player that will eventually be a DH is too over the top. I hope these players dont get top dollar and have to settle for far less.

    • 78mu - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      Don’t you think the Phillies are pleased with the contract they gave to Ryan Howard?

  11. Kyle - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Jack Z is just saying what he needs to say. No way there’s any real weight behind this.

  12. mmason0071 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    There would be howls of outrage in Seattle if Jack does not at least put up a good show at going after Fielder, but there is no way ownership will let him spend that kind of money. Besides, Fielder would have to be an idiot (don’t know much about him, maybe he is) to come to Seattle and try to drive in runs with nobody on base and a bunch of punchless shmucks batting behind him. But Jack Z can say he tried his best for a big bat when his poor manager has to use Adam Kennedy at cleanup again next year.

  13. btwicey - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    I’d love to see seattle land someone

  14. btwicey - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Share the wealth I say. Good for bball

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