Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/24/12
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The Prince Fielder sweepstakes finally are nearing conclusion, according to major league sources. The Nationals remain a leading contender for the free-agent first baseman, if not the outright favorite. Which is as it should be. The Nats can get by without Fielder, playing Adam LaRoche at first for one more season, then acquiring a center fielder and moving left fielder Michael Morse to first in 2013. Some members of the Nats' ownership actually would prefer such a plan, sources say; the team committed $126 million to free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth last offseason and soon might award another major contract to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. It's understandable that the sentiment for Fielder within the Nationals' organization is not unanimous. The team might want to leave first base open for Zimmerman. And an NL club that signs Fielder long-term would be operating without the safety net of a DH. Still, the argument for signing both Fielder and Zimmerman also is compelling, and...
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