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The Orioles are interested in Prince Fielder

Dec 5, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

Dan Duquette said a little while ago that the Orioles are interested in Prince Fielder.  He was cautious about it though and told fans not to get their hopes up.

I hate it when the GM takes my line.

Every year the Orioles seem to fall into the same pattern with free agents. They talk to a big name, get some sort of mild excitement going and possibly serve as negotiation point for the agent when they go talking to another team. It’s good to see Duquette trying to play that down a little bit this time.

  1. stinkfist5 - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    I would love to see the O’s sign him. However, in my opinion, it would be a waste. Prince will be a washed up 400lb DH by the time the O’s are relevant again.

    • Marc - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Yeah, fat jokes !!!!

    • JBerardi - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Prince will be retired before the Os are relevant again at the rate they’re going.

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        and Prince Jr. will be retired as well….

  2. Marc - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    If Prince loves crab cakes as much as I do this is a no-brainer…… errrrr, wait is he still a fat vegetarian? Mmmmmm, grilled cheese everyday for life.

    • Marc - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Yeah, fat jokes !!!!

      • phukyouk - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:26 PM

        I wont lie, I laughed at this both times.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    I wonder how much of a surprise it would be if he wound up in Toronto? Baseball is full of surprises.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      The president and the GM of The Jays have strongly downplayed any interest in Fielder. AA said that only 1% of the rumors linking the Jays to various players is accurate.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        …but it’s that 1% that’s accurate that peaks the interest of people that enjoy a good baseball story.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        It would be too awesome to see him and Jose batting 3-4 in that lineup

        http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=381952

  4. randomdigits - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Of course the O’s are interested, at the right price point. I think it is very unlikely Prince’s price falls to the point where the O’s would become a player.

    Can’t disagree with them either. Baltimore isn’t a large enough market to be able to recover if Prince goes all Mo Vaughn on them in a few years.

    • lessick - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      Angelos is one of the wealthier owners in baseball and has a cash cow in the mid-Atlantic Sports Network. He also had the highest payroll in baseball in the late 1990s. No small market issues here.
      He has, however, been gun-shy about big long contracts after he signed Albert Belle to a mega-contract, only to have him have to retire due to a degenerative hip condition.
      The Orioles’ payroll has been in the middle of MLB the past few years. Problem is two-fold–lack of commitment to scouting and player development and spending too much on “low-end” free agents (Vlad Guerrero, Tejada the second time around, etc.).

      • randomdigits - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        PA is worth around a billion, stupid rich by normal standards, not compared to say the Nationals and Mariner owners.

        When the O’s had that high payroll in the late 90’s they were selling out every game, not just opening day and the weekends when the Yankee and Red Sox fans come down and take over OPACY.

        The market was also shrunk by the Nationals coming into it.

        MASN is indeed a cash cow but as you stated, its owned by PA not the Orioles. Thus far the O’s have not been receiving any extra funding from it.

  5. tomtravis76 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    He is not going to the Orioles. The Orioles need pitching and figure out what to do with Brian Roberts. The Orioles have some offensive and defensive pieces.
    Its a culture of losing at Camden Yards. The Orioles need Angelos to sell the team. That is the best gift he could give the fans after treating fans to 17 out of 20 years of losing under his reign.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    It’s all an act. Duquette has to act like he wants to make some big FA signings to appease the fans. That way when we get our usual influx of has-beens and never-weres, he can look into the camera and say that he tried.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    To win, your starting point is a strong rotation. Until they have that, they have little shot at any competition.

    Bulk up the rotation and then work toward adding a few pieces to that lineup. Then go from there.

  8. Cowboys Blue - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Prince in a Birdie uniform?

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