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Blue Jays “not a serious suitor” for free agent Prince Fielder

Jan 12, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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There was a general assumption, at the beginning of this offseason, that the Blue Jays would get involved at some point in the bidding for Prince Fielder.

But it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s not likely to.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Toronto is “not a serious suitor” for the 27-year-old first baseman, and his asking price would have to come “way down” for that to suddenly change.

Fielder has drawn only mild interest around the league this winter despite owning a shiny .929 career OPS and batting .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI across 692 plate appearances last season for Milwaukee.

The Nationals have emerged in recent weeks as a potential front-runner, and reportedly had a meeting with Fielder’s agent on Wednesday evening at the annual owner’s meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. But it has become quite apparent that the free agent slugger isn’t going to come close to an Albert Pujols-like deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    It was never likely to happen, The Fielder to the Jays story was a figment of the imagination of the press. Non of the moves made in the off season by the Jays were ever leaked to the press. That is the way AA operates. If you see a rumor about the Jays being interested in someone, it is usually safe to ignore it because there is a high probability that the rumor is false. AA has even refused to say if the Jays bid for Darvish, despite the speculation that they made a strong bid.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      One other comment. AA will ask the other GM’s about the availability of most players on the other teams. This does not mean that he is interested in those players. He is simply gathering information that might be of use in executing future 3 way trades.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        why does he call you everynite and tell you this? talk about talking out your arse

  2. mirmz - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Halos should give him 240M/10 with a 9 year personal service contract. And just field this lineup: Aybar SS, Abreu DH, Pujols 1B Fielder 1B Hunter Rf Kendrick 2B Trumbo 1B Morales DH Bourjos CF.

    So they have a huge hole on the left side, big deal. What is defense?

    And everyone knows how much arte and boras get along.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      Hahaha. Looks like this went over a few heads…

    • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:32 AM


  3. Old Gator - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    The Feather Lice need the Potbellied Potentate like they need a drive-thru horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwich stand on the Islands. A guy who put up his numbers and can’t get a job is either star-crossed or so fat that the probability of him blowing out a knee, hip or hammy in the next few years is spooking the GMs like an Iowa scarecrow built on an ape skeleton.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    and in other news today the bluejays bought 10 bats and 2 bags of balls

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:39 AM

      In other news, poor Harry can’t find his own bat and balls.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:50 AM

        The Jays Care Foundation has offered to lend Harry a bat and balls.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM

        Better yet: just been listening to the new Cowboy Junkies CD, The Wilderness, which is absolutely gorgeous – there are at least five soon-to-be classics on it, plus, one tune which must be the definitive statement about the relationship of Canadians to their weather. I think this is more relevant to Toronto than the ignis fatuuous – with emphasis on fatuuous – of Prince Fielder popping the buttons off a Jays uniform.

  5. lameasish - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    U mad dirthair?

  6. benandjerrysberryhorny - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    If this charade goes 2 more weeks, Prince Fielder will be looking for a new agent.

  7. aaronzona2011 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    a one year 15-20 million deal looks better and better everyday, nobody with the money to spend has any need for a 1b/dh

    • baseballisboring - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      No way. Whoever signs him will be willing to give up 5 years at least.

    • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:33 AM


  8. sleepyirv - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Prince “Market Correction” Fielder isn’t very catchy but there’s a sense MLB has caught up about big 1st basemen close to 30 years of age.

  9. cyanocittacristata - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Anthopolous is primarily a value return type GM. The experience with the big long term salaries haven’t been good (see Vernon Wells and Alex Rios). The team also wants roster flexability, like being able to trade someone without an ass ugly contract on top of making a swap.

    Prince ain’t worth the risk, He’s good yeah, but if (when) chunks ahoy blows, nobody is gonna buy out that ticket to ride.

    Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for the halos and pale hose being played like rubes at a carny game, the battle of the birds would be on for the AL East cellar crown.

  10. hardheadcountryboy - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Memo to AA: Stick to your plan, which does NOT include Prince…. you’re building something special here, and I’m a Day Oner who remembers the days of Rick Bosetti, Alvis Woods, Joey McLaughlin, and Tippy Martinez picking off three runners in one inning…..

  11. icanspeel - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Seems the only 2 people who think Prince can get anything close to Pujols contract are Scott Boras and Prince Fielder. Doesn’t stop them from trying to convince at least 1 team he is worth that much.

    If Boras didn’t fool the Nationals into overpaying for Werth I bet they would have easily overpaid for Fielder.. Doesn’t stop Boras from trying though.

  12. muskyhunter2542 - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    He will be a Brewer next year on a 1 year contract….

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