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The Dodgers were a …Mystery Team in the Prince Fielder bidding

Jan 26, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

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Interesting report from Jon Heyman. Seems that the Dodgers were involved in the Prince Fielder bidding. Like, seriously involved:

The Dodgers were a surprise entrant in the sweepstakes, making a major push to sign the star slugger with an offer that guaranteed him seven years but provided a sweet four-year opt-out. And for a couple weeks, they looked like a real possibility for Prince.

Given how player-friendly such opt-outs are, it’s not surprising that the Dodgers were — mysteriously! — players until the end. Heyman reports that the four pre-opt out years were for more money than Fielder got from the Tigers. Like, $26 million. It was the final three years that were low, rendering the deal nearly $60 million lower in overall guaranteed cash.

Good story overall, so go read it. Complete with a secret meeting in an undisclosed location and all of that jazz.

  1. ndbites34 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Honestly, could this report come from anyone but Heyman?

  2. lyon810 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Congrats, be sure to add the Dodgers to the list of recipients of a participation medal in the Prince sweepstakes.

  3. jason1214 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Shocking!, Jon “I throw anything and everything against the wall to see what sticks” Heyman, reported this. Thanks Jon for the continued non stories you are allowed to write, tweet & discuss on air.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      And thanks Jon, for being the only weak spot on MLBN.

  4. kopy - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t think it’d be a stretch to say that Fielder would be a Dodger if Victor Martinez didn’t blow out his knee. It’s pretty crazy to think about.

  5. seattletony - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I find John Heyman to be much more interesting.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      You need to get out more. A lot more. All the time.

      Unless you’re a master at sarcasm. If so, I’d then say, bravo.

  6. natstowngreg - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Thank goodness, the Mystery Team is identified at last. Takes a load off my mind.

  7. nelsonsaint - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    i was hoping for a hyperlink to this…

    what’s the over/under for how many thumbs down i receive?

  8. jwbiii - Jan 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM

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