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Prince Fielder-to-the-Mariners talk is “extremely overblown”

Jan 10, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

Prince Fielder Reuters

There have been random reports that Prince Fielder is talking to or at least is interested in talking to the Seattle Mariner. And, sure, it makes some amount of sense given the Mariners’ needs.  But Jerry Crasnick spoke with two agents who have had contact with people in Seattle, and it sounds like there’s nothing to the speculation:

Two agents say the Mariners are claiming they only have $3-4 million left to spend on the roster this winter … According to one of those agents, Prince Fielder-to-Seattle speculation is “extremely overblown.”

Call me crazy, but I’m gonna guess that if there are more reports about Fielder and the Mariners, I’m going to assume it’s from Fielder’s agent trying to create the impression of a bidding war when, in fact, there is none.  He’s done that a couple of times you know.

  1. mvp43 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Prince may end up back in Brew City………

    • 78mu - Jan 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      I’d have bet Pujols had a better chance of staying with his team than Prince. But I just can’t see Boras not finding a team that will pay more than what the Brewers have offered. The Nationals still seem a likely destination.

  2. mcsnide - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Come now, Craig. Boras wouldn’t resort to such a thing. Teams interested in Prince wouldn’t take Seattle seriously, but a MYSTERY TEAM? Yeah, that’s more like it.

  3. sknut - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    The Mariners said 3-4 million but Boras heard 34 million and by the end of the day he will have convinced the Mariners they did say 34 million.

  4. Kyle - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Oh behalf of every Mariner’s fan who at least somewhat understands the business of baseball: No duh.

  5. chrisjames11 - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Seattle hasn’t had a legit power hitter in years, its hard to watch.

    • Gonzo - Jan 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      You have Ichiro. He can hit one out whenever he wants.

      • dan1111 - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        Too bad he doesn’t want to very often.

  6. Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Fielder would make a fine addition to the Crew of the Minnow. At least, he looks like he would float.

  7. Kevin S. - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    For the same reason Boras would make it seem as though Prince has multiple suitors, the Mariners would let it be known they only have $4 million to spend.

  8. muskyhunter2542 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Prince will back in Milwaukee next year PLAYING FOR the Brewers… One way or another.

  9. muskyhunter2542 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    He is going to fire Boras soon!!!!

    • cur68 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      The moment he does, he’ll have a crap ton of offers and Boras will be crying collusion. Boras might even have case, too since Madson remains unsigned. I certainly didn’t see those two guys without contracts for this long.

  10. natstowngreg - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post notes that the Nats are expected to end up with Prince, but suggests reasons why nothing has happened yet.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/for-prince-fielder-why-the-wait/2012/01/09/gIQA0B2alP_blog.html

  11. cowhawkfan - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Fielder will end up in Texas if they can get a good enough deal on Darvish or are unable to sign him.

  12. mvp43 - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I’ll represent Fielder for only 5% if he’s interested.

  13. stex52 - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Who would’ve guessed that Madson and Fielder would both be available on January 10th? I actually think collusion is unlikely, though. Just a sudden, temporary outburst of sanity.

    Particularly in the case of Fielder for > 5 years.

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