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Could the Cardinals become a suitor for Prince Fielder?

Dec 17, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

After Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, the assumption was that the Cardinals would move Lance Berkman to first base and potentially make a play for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. However, in a series of tweets this morning, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates that any such plan isn’t necessarily set in stone.


We’ve heard some conflicting reports this week about whether the Cubs are actually a legitimate suitor for Fielder. The Blue Jays have been mentioned, but we can probably rule them out if they land Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. The Mariners and Orioles are also believed to be in the mix, but it’s not known whether either club would be willing to give him the massive long-term contract he desires. Fielder doesn’t turn 28 until May, so it’s not inconceivable that he could take a shorter deal and test free agency again in a couple of years, but it’s also possible that his agent Scott Boras is just trying to get more teams involved in the conversation.

  1. Andee - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Cardinal fans deserve to have someone on the marquee. Whether they kick the tires on Beltran, signing Fielder would be a great way to mend the gaping wound Pujols left in their line up. I’m not crying for St Louis. They’re the defending champs. It’s time to move on from Pujols, and I think a big signing like this is very helpful, as well as a much wiser business decision. Seattle, Baltimore, and even Toronto are a long way from competing for a title. I don’t blame anyone for chasing the cash, but after finally reaching some moderate post season success in Milwaukee, why would he want to join another work in progress rebuilding operation?

    • blueintown - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      Why exactly do they “deserve” someone on the marquee?

      • Andee - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        I would think to quell the frustration that comes with watching your mega star walk out the door and point the finger at management as he does it. And while Adam Wainwright is a stud, he pitches once every five days and Rafael Furcal doesn’t exactly have me running to renew my season tickets.

      • blueintown - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        Isn’t that the nature of the business? Good players come and go. No team is entitled to some form of “superstar” to quell their disappointments.

      • paperlions - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        “Derserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”

        –William Munny

      • blueintown - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        Best. Western. Ever.

    • cur68 - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Hold the phone. TO a long way from a title? If they get Darvish, and I think they will, they just got a lot better. That might be enough to tip Fielder their way: he’ll like the reachable seats, Bautista, and the competitive team. He might sign for reasonable money if he liked it enough.

      Remember, Pujols said it wasn’t about the money, then it turned out to be about the money. If Fielder says it IS about the money, maybe what he means is “it’s about some money AND winning AND setting some records” (the last 2 things which Pujols had already accomplished)? He has a very good chance of doing all that in Toronto and he’s already on the record as wanting to hit a lot of homers. Roger’s Center is VERY homer friendly. Bautista means the competition has to pitch to one of them. Surely this means TO has legit shot at Fielder, at least as much as St. Louis. Its Boras that’s the fly in this ointment but he’s the same fly for everyone.

      • Andee - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        I would love to see Toronto return to the greatness I grew up watching. I just think in that division, with that rotation, it’s going to take a lightning in a bottle. Drabek, Romero, Morrow are going to have to carry that team through the summer, and then hold up in the post season, where they have made a combined zero career starts. Pairing Fielder with Bautista would be a pretty deadly combination, you’re right. I just think right now it’s very tough to bet on Toronto or Baltimore in that division. Can’t win a title if you finish fourth in the division.

      • djpostl - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:08 PM

        Lol. Your reading comprehension is lacking. He meant in terms of $$. Terms of dollars. Rogers Comm has money to spend but they are a business in the end. They have no problem going big on Yu because Toronto has a HUGE asian community. A portly 1B won’t be as shrewd a business investment in their eyes so they probably won’t ok that big expenditure after having parted with 100-120 million just for Yu.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Forget about Fielder playing for the Blue Jays. They will not pay him more than Bautista who is the better player. The Jays are also not fans of Boras. Any stories saying that the Jays are interested in Fielder originated with Boras not the Jays.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        You’re probably right PC. But hey, a fella can dream…

      • cintiphil - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:59 PM

        The team must have the resources to afford all of that talent. The Angels found a way to pay for Albert, does the same apply to Toronto? They need a lot of cash for Prince. As for the Cardinals, I don’t think they have the resources either, after signing Beltran. If they did, why didn’t they just pay Albert?

  2. only1stantheman - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Could the cards get in on fielder? Yeah, anything is possible… Will we get him? No.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    He will become a Cub because having a massive slugging first basemen – is in his instruction manual on how to build a team.

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM

      A massive slugging first baseman like who? Dave Kingman? Hope Fielder can write a feature column for the Trib too.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        Sorry, Gator – left out word Theo – it’s his instruction manual that contains – David Ortiz, Moe Vaughan — heck – you even remember George Scott.

  4. isujames - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Who wants to play for a team with a long history of losing like the cubs??????

  5. mikeyrivs23 - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    I’d still like to see the Nats swoop in and grab Fielder if his demands drop with a lack of huge offers. With everyone worried about his weight and the end of a long contract, perhaps it’ll make the most financial sense for him to go after a shorter contract with higher annual salary.

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