Prince Fielder Reportedly Has Narrowed His Choices To Three Teams

By Matt Loede - 92.3 The Fan Indians Beat Reporter

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – With the Major League Baseball 2011 Winter Meetings about 36 hours away from starting, a big name has reportedly narrowed his choices of where he will play in 2012 and beyond down to three.

First baseman and possible DH if he lands in the AL Prince Fielder has narrowed down his teams to three according to reports, with the three teams being the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers, and his old team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reports say that as of right now, the team that resides in the lead for his services – the Jays.

The Brewers would love to get Fielder back after their playoff run in 2011, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Friday that the general manager Doug Melvin has not offered increased their offer to Fielder.

In fact, the paper reports that Melvin has not talked to Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, since the general manager/ownership meetings in Milwaukee in mid-November.

“We haven’t had any conversations with Scott,” Melvin said to the paper. “If we had, we wouldn’t reveal what we would be talking about anyway. Whether (rumors come from) the agents or some other clubs, it’s just trying to drum up something. You don’t know where that comes from. We haven’t mentioned any numbers, so it would be hard to increase an offer. They’ve never told us what they’re looking for. Agents never do.”

So why would a team like the Jays, who haven’t really been a force in the Majors for quite some time, be a bidder for Fielder? Well, a couple of very good reasons.

The team plays in a large market in Toronto, and do have money to spend. The team last season was again near the bottom of attendance in all of baseball, ranking 25th with a total of 1.8 million fans, an average of just 22,445 per game.

They need a big bat to be a serious contender to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, two teams that have owned the AL East for what seems like forever, and even the Tampa Bay Rays.

Last season the Jays went 81-81, and were still a full 16 games back of the Yankees for the division title. Put them in the AL Central, and they would have finished a game above the Indians for second.

While the Jays are in the lead now, don’t count out the Rangers, who would love to build off being a strike away from winning the World Series last year with a huge signing like Fielder.

The Rangers right now seem more interested in their own free agent pitcher – C.J. Wilson, but Jon Heyman of SI.com says Texas isn’t making any progress with Wilson, and the Red Sox already have a meeting scheduled with Wilson on Monday.

If Fielder does decide on a team in the next five days while in Dallas, it will for sure be the biggest news of the MLB Winter Meetings.

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  1. Brett says:

    “First baseman and possible DH if he lands in the AL Prince Fielder has narrowed down his teams to three according to reports, with the three teams being the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers, and his old team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Reports say that as of right now, the team that resides in the lead for his services – the Jays.”

    What “reports”? Not seeing them anywhere.

    1. Iain says:

      That’s what I was thinking too. I haven’t seen any reports mentioning anything and no other articles showing up,

  2. Mylegacy says:

    Matt

    Nice little imagination you have there. Are you a reporter or do you work for Fox News?

    Toronto’s GM (AA) and their President (Beeston) have BOTH said they will not be spending big in the Free Agent market this year. They expect to work – for the time being – through trades.

    1. Vlad says:

      They didn’t say they WON’T spend big on free agents; they said don’t EXPECT them to. There’s a difference.

      1. Swag says:

        They said they will explore free agents but much prefer to acquire players via the trade route

  3. Spiderpig says:

    So do you just steal info from Incarcerated Bob or does he give it to you free of charge?

    1. JoePlug says:

      Agreed, tsn also stole it, nice giving crediability when its DUE… not.

  4. Incarcerated Boob says:

    What Reports? — Completely false ones

  5. samsung says:

    This is a Loede alright.

  6. fatman says:

    I’m a Blue Jays fan and it wont happen. Beeston and Anthopolous said that they’re not a fan of long term contracts. Some free agents use Blue Jays to jack up their value.

  7. cpfan says:

    I don’t think this report says that the Jays are chasing Fielder. I think it says that Fielder ranks the Jays as #1.

    Guess he hasn’t been reading what AA & PB have said.

    Steve

  8. Rojak_the_Giant says:

    This report is totally contradictory to all of the Blue Jays consistent comments on signing free agents. If it happened, it would be the biggest surprise signing for the last few years, I just don’t see it.

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