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  1. If you’re the Rangers you pick Prince Fielder over Josh Hamilton, right?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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    There has been increasing talk about the Rangers being interested in Prince Fielder.  Today Richard Justice of MLB.com has a column talking about the ins-and-outs of that.  Particularly what it would mean for Josh Hamilton: Fielder’s signing would come at a time when Hamilton is approaching the final year of his contract. Last week, Hamilton…

  2. Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder went “extremely well”

    Jan 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has been travelling around the baseball world with his agent, Scott Boras, visiting teams who have expressed interest — mild or serious — in signing him. The 27-year-old met with Rangers executives on Friday in Dallas, and it apparently went swimmingly. Here’s the tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden: Rangers…

  3. Nolan Ryan: talks with Prince Fielder are “very preliminary”

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Rangers met with Prince Fielder yesterday.  Exciting!  Maybe not too exciting, though.  “Keep your shirt on,” Nolan Ryan says: Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan describes the team’s discussions with free agent slugger Prince Fielder as “very preliminary” … During a question-and-answer session with fans at the team’s annual winter FanFest, Ryan said the meeting Friday…

  4. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

  5. Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the…

  6. 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,…

  7. Scott Boras met with the Nationals owners last night

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with Prince Fielder‘s agent, the one and only Scott Boras, last night at the owners meetings. Kilgore’s sources don’t know the details of the conversation, but my guess is that they weren’t reminiscing about how swell the Jayson Werth contract has…

  8. There’s “a 99 percent chance” that the Nationals won’t sign Prince Fielder? Really?

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Poor Prince Fielder. Looks like he’s going to have to go to the unemployment office soon. Maybe look for a job at a Barnes and Noble or something. Because apparently no one wants to sign him.  Here’s Bill Ladson of MLB.com: There is a “99 percent” chance that the Nationals will not sign free-agent first…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. So much for Prince Fielder: Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo from Padres for Andrew Cashner

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo‘s future in San Diego was in doubt as soon as the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade last month and today they traded Rizzo and Zach Cates to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo was awful in 49 games for the Padres as a…

  11. It’s cute watching Mike Rizzo pretend to play tough with Scott Boras over Prince Fielder

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Fact: Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been Scott Boras’ huckleberry for a few years now. Nothing wrong with that. They’ve signed some great guys by being willing to play ball with Boras in ways that some teams have chosen not to. But it is pretty obvious that if Boras has a big name,…

  12. Adam LaRoche’s status in Washington is unclear amid Prince Fielder rumors

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche has seen the reports about the Nationals’ pursuit of Prince Fielder, but the would-be starting first baseman told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he understands if the team tries to replace him: All I can tell you is, I don’t hold any grudges either way. If [Fielder doesn't sign with the Nationals] and…

  13. Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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    Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market. And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million. C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for…

  14. Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Washington may not have been Prince Fielder‘s first choice, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” to sign the free agent first baseman. Last month general manager Mike Rizzo downplayed Washington’s interest in Fielder, saying that Adam LaRoche was the team’s starting first baseman, but…

  15. Updating the Prince Fielder market: Cubs, Nats, Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    Newsday‘s Ken Davidoff has some fresh insight on the eerily silent Prince Fielder sweepstakes. Fielder “wanted the Cubs” because he has superb career numbers at Wrigley Field, and the two Chicago airports provide easy access (i.e. direct flights) to his Florida home. But, as we’ve addressed already on this blog, the Northsiders are in full rebuilding…

  16. 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…

  17. Free agent Edwin Jackson “intrigues” the Orioles

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders has already been linked to the Orioles and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson also “intrigues” them. Connolly speculates that Jackson will wind up with a four-year contract somewhere and notes that “the Orioles have been hesitant” to make that type of…

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

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Adam LaRoche expected to be Nationals’ first baseman next season

    Dec 23, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard plenty of speculation that the Nationals could emerge as a suitor for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but general manager Mike Rizzo is doing his best to downplay the situation. The Nationals held a conference call earlier today to discuss the Gio Gonzalez deal. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that…

  20. Logan Morrison is off limits

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Every time there has been talk of a trade involving the Marlins, Logan Morrison‘s name comes up.  It should probably stop coming up, though, because the Marlins consider him — and Mike Stanton, duh — off limits.  All of that can be found in a decent “state of the Marlins trade chits” article by Joe…

  21. Cardinals have “intensified talks” with Carlos Beltran

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Cleveland’s actual level of interest in Carlos Beltran is unclear, but there’s no doubt that St. Louis is legitimately making a strong run at the free agent outfielder. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Cardinals have “intensified their talks” with Beltran and are likely offering him at least a two-year…

  22. Mariners could make Brandon League available

    Dec 21, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    Even though Ryan Madson, Francisco Cordero and Brad Lidge remain available in free agency, much of the recent closer talk has been regarding trade possibilities. Now perhaps Brandon League can be added to the list of available closers that includes Andrew Bailey and maybe Joel Hanrahan. According to FOXSports.com, the Mariners are getting hits on League…

  23. The Cubs are on track for “a complete and total rebuild”

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Still thinking the Cubs are going to get in on Prince Fielder? Think again. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to completely blow things up and that Fielder is not in the offing: “After speaking with several baseball sources over the past few days I am hearing that a…

  24. Prince Fielder to the Orioles “just isn’t going to happen”

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Baltimore has been linked to Prince Fielder at various points this offseason, but locally their odds of actually signing the free agent slugger are perceived as very slim. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that “the Orioles aren’t going to give eight or more years or $18 or more million per year to a…

  25. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

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