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UPDATE: OK, so maybe Prince Fielder won’t consider a three-year deal

Dec 27, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

UPDATE: OK, maybe not.

Scott Boras told Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com that Prince Fielder will not consider a three-year deal:

“Not only is that inaccurate and delusional, but it seems that some people have gotten into their New Year’s Eve stash just a little bit early this year,” Boras told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday.

“It appears some baseball people are just bored,” Boras said. “That’s when you hear ideas like that floated.”

7:00 PM: According to what Peter Gammons of MLB Network and NESN is hearing, yes, he could:

source:  For the record, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch heard similar information a couple weeks ago. And it’s potentially a very smart strategy. There’s no clear front-runner for Fielder at the moment, but if he’s truly willing to sign a short-term deal with a high annual average salary, some interesting and unexpected teams could get involved in the bidding.

  1. shawnuel - Dec 27, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Oh please Oh please oh please………..

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 27, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    I thought thgis might be an option a few weeks ago when he wasn’t getting the interest we were expecting. I think this could put the Brewers back in the mix.

    • paperlions - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      As a Cardinal fan, I shouldn’t want him to stay with the Brewers…but him doing so feels right….of course, he they signed him for that kind of deal, that would severely handicap their ability to keep their pitching around after 2012.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:16 PM

        Yeah it would handicap keeping the pitching. The Ramirez deal would also hinder this signing dramatically also. It’s more or less just wishful thinking on my part. And now according to Boras it wont be happening anyways so I wont need to waste any more time in my line of thinking.

  3. furryroadkill - Dec 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Hey, Indians ownership….oh nevermind

  4. crazy8sportscards - Dec 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    I said this a while back. GM’s won’t take a long term risk on Fielder. He’s a big man and they usually don’t have a long shelf life. And his dad is the ultimate proof to that. He would still be smart to take as long of a deal as he can above $23 mil per. If he takes a 3 year deal and bottoms out he won’t get squat in FA.

    • D.J. Short - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      I can certainly see that side of things. This could be his only chance to get a long-term deal. It just doesn’t seem like anybody is willing to give it to him.

  5. mvpolamalu - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Pirates!!!!!! Please….

    • trucker2020 - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:09 AM

      I heard the Pirates made Prince an offer;Something like a 9 year deal worth several thousand dollars.

      • protius - Dec 28, 2011 at 7:04 AM

        Dude, you didn’t mention the hoagies. It’s 9 years, several thousand dollars, and a hoagie of his choice every night; even the off season.

  6. Kevin S. - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    If he goes for a short-term deal, the AAV would have to be a LOT higher to get him to go for it. Remember – the reason people won’t commit to him long-term is because they worry he’ll go off a cliff in his early thirties. If that’s affecting what they offer him when he’s 28, how’s it going to affect him when he’s 31? Say his goal is to get the Mark Teixeira contract – 8 years, $180 million. By signing at 3 years/$26 mil per year, he’d have to get a five-year deal worth $102 million three years from now to make that money. Not happening. For a short-term deal, I really think it’d have to be $30 million/year to get him to go for it.

    • paperlions - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM

      But he’s already not really a $26M/year player, he hasn’t had a single year where he was a legitimate MVP candidate, and making $26M/year is an MVP salary, not a Prince Fielder salary…..look at his numbers, he’s not a consistent offensive force and alternates good years with mediocre ones….and he gives you NOTHING else than offense, his defense and base running are negatives that will only get more negative over the years.

      • stex52 - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:34 PM

        My thoughts pretty much. Who is really interested in him at this point anyway? I guess I’m not getting any clear feel. Here’s the counter to not taking the 3-year deal. There may not be a ten-year deal. These GM’s seem to be getting a little smarter (most of the time, see Crawford, Texiera [and maybe Pujols?]) about these long term albatross deals.

        Here’s a counter. He wants 250 MM$. What if he can “only” get 80 MM$? Who feels sorry for the poor guy?

      • JBerardi - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:07 PM

        “But he’s already not really a $26M/year player, he hasn’t had a single year where he was a legitimate MVP candidate, and making $26M/year is an MVP salary, not a Prince Fielder salary…..look at his numbers, he’s not a consistent offensive force and alternates good years with mediocre ones….and he gives you NOTHING else than offense, his defense and base running are negatives that will only get more negative over the years.”

        Dude, we all know how bad the Ryan Howard extension was. There’s no need to keep rubbing it in.

  7. okwhitefalcon - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Just heard Richard Justice talking about Prince on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove”, he didn’t give much creedence to the “3 year’ theorists saying Boras’ strategy begins at 255 over 10 for obvious reasons.

    Who knows if anyone will bite…

    • cur68 - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      falco, you should just take to relaying the news. You seem to know more about it than Gammons at this point. Maybe his basic cable package doesn’t include “Hot Stove”…

      • okwhitefalcon - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:32 PM

        Richard Justice is a first rate reporter that does a great job on “Hot Stove”, kinda negates the John Heyman factor for the most part – I don’t think that douche has ever got a story right on his own.

    • randygnyc - Dec 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM

      IMO, he gets no offers anywhere in this hempishere. Fielder has some time before he’ll be forced to confront this public embarassment. Obviously, according to boras, that day is not today.

  8. nflinla - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Prince to the Dodgers !

  9. bleedgreen - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    for 3 years 26 million, I’d tell RAJ to sign him up and tell Ryan Howard to take his time rehabbing and try and trade him. He didn’t have mobility in the first place, so its not like his value will drop really.

    • paperlions - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

      The problem is that Howard’s value was already at about 1/2 of his contract before the injury….good luck trading that.

  10. cup0pizza - Dec 27, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Whatever. As long as the Dodgers aren’t involved on this one.

  11. JBerardi - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Why on earth would a 30 year old Fielder stand to break Pujols AAV when a 27 year old Fielder doesn’t? This whole idea is ridiculous on it’s face.

    • mabunar - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      I think he means a short term contract now will beat the AAV…not the contract he would go for at age 30. I enjoy Gammons some times, but I think he’s not as good at twitter as he thinks he is.

  12. bmoreballers - Dec 27, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    So youre telling me there’s a chance

  13. okwhitefalcon - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Here’s more from mlb.com’s Richard Justice, interesting stuff.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111226&content_id=26235634&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

  14. xxakshunxx - Dec 28, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    @ bleed green as a fellow Philly fan I gotta say please read the article first… 3 years/ 26 PER season.. The phillies dont have that kind of money and good luck finding someone to take an injured Howard, at his price he’s only valuable to this city until hes out of this contract and DH’s in the AL to wrap up his career

    • Gonzo - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:39 AM

      Hey look. A smart Philly fan. Few and far between.

  15. proudlycanadian - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    At the way things are going, Fielder might havw to take a 1 year deal.

  16. cambodianbreastmilk - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    He’d look really nice in a Padres uniform and he would wear out that Right Field Porch.

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