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Prince Fielder was in the Baltimore-Washington area, but not to meet with the Orioles…

Dec 31, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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You know how Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo keeps trying to downplay his team’s interest in Prince Fielder? How he keeps saying Adam LaRoche is going to be the team’s first baseman next season? Yeah, this story isn’t going to help his cause.

As you may have heard, Fielder and his agent Scott Boras went on a brief tour of some MLB cities earlier this month to meet with team owners. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears that while the Baltimore/Washington area was on the itinerary, they did not meet with Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos.

By some clever process of elimination, we can likely surmise that they did meet with someone from the Lerner family, who owns the Nationals. Of course, this might not mean a whole lot. I mean, shouldn’t Boras visit the team who gave big money to some of his clients, including Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper? These guys are old pals. But if Boras used his Jedi mind trick on the Rizzo and the Lerners again, look out.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    The angst! The drama! Who will sign Fielder? The options are actually quite limited and he is unlikely to get what he wanted! Yawn!

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 31, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    So, Fielder seemingly has little leverage and a limited market? My guess is that Boras will still manage to top Pujols’ contract somehow. It just always works out that way. Maybe he’ll convince the Tigers to move Miggy back to 3B.

  3. brewcitybummer - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Could it actually be happening? Are MLB gms actually offering a big name free agent what hes worth instead of offering a contract that everyone knows they’ll regret in 4 years? Nope. He’ll get 7 years from some GM bidding against himself.

  4. tomlotter1948 - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Whoever signs Fielder will be getting a 275 pound fat guy, who is an awful 1st baseman, who can hit some home runs, drive in some runs, who 4 or 5 years from now, may face a decline in skills…..

    • orangeflh - Dec 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      Whoever signs Fielder will be getting the same guy that has played more innings in more games than anyone else in MLB over the past few years, hits for power, hits for average, and takes his walks.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      “….. Who 4 or 5 years from now may face a decline in skills…”

      Thanks for the mind blower. You know this can be said of any athlete in any sport ever right?

  5. crankyfrankie - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Adding Fielder would give them a lineup combined with their pitching that could contend. Still need a centerfielder.

  6. pkswally024 - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    If the nats sign fielder, it’ll be quite the competitive division.

  7. cur68 - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    My high school track coach used to say that if you got 2 guys posting the same time over the distance and one’s in shape using good form and the other out of shape and lousy form, always pick the 2nd guy for the team. He can be taught good form, and gotten into shape. He hasn’t peaked at all. The first guy has. Fielder’s the 2nd guy. If I’m him, I’m wearing out shoes right now. I’m dieting and training with Kung Fu Panda. I’m fixin to show Yoennis Cespedes what a training montage should look like.

    Even if he’s training at McDonalds, Fielder is still head and shoulders above most of his peers with a bat. Whoever gets him will be a site better at the plate than they were without him. He’s a born DH.

  8. denny65 - Dec 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Just keep Fielder away from Seattle; thanks.

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