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Report: Brewers giving up on re-signing Prince Fielder

Dec 5, 2011, 6:05 PM 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

ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in with the news a lot of Milwaukee fans have been dreading hearing:

Brewers indicating to others they are pretty much out on Prince Fielder, and are moving on.

Moving on to whom is an open question. While the Brewers are believed to be willing to spend $20 million per year to keep Fielder, they’re not likely to take all that money and use it elsewhere if Fielder is out of the mix. They’ll probably be players for Jimmy Rollins, with the idea of using him as a leadoff man and letting Rickie Weeks hit cleanup behind Ryan Braun. However, if they can’t sign Rollins, it’s doubtful that they’ll add a big name.

As for first base, they could try to add Carlos Pena or Derrek Lee, but they also have an in-house option in longtime prospect Mat Gamel. The 26-year-old Gamel is a career .222/.309/.374 hitter in 171 major league at-bats, but he’s batted .301/.374/.512 in 1,098 at-bats in Triple-A. It’d make sense to go with him if the Brewers use up their budget room for Rollins.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Hmmm….yesterday TSN reported that Fielder was down to 3 teams, the Rangers, Brewers and Blue Jays with the Blue Jays being the current front runner. Could it be the Jays are finally ready to make a splash? Fielder and Bautista would be pretty potent together, the Jays would then be a starter and a closer away from being a contender!

  2. Old Gator - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    “Fielder and Bautista would be pretty potent together.” Right, like Tambora and Krakatoa. Or maybe like the K/T meteorite and the last ice age. Or maybe like a Komodo dragon and a reticulated python. King Kong and Godzilla. Something like that. You know, potent.

    • cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:31 PM

      Pretty good together, eh? Yeah. Like as good as chocolate chips are in mint ice cream…smeared on Jessica Alba…actually FREAKIN’ AWESOME is more the term I’d use, but hey, I don’t judge.

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