Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 12/6/11


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Everybody who cares about the Red Sox, even the tiniest bit, should be paying close attention to Prince Fielder's free agency.  Because, right now, it's looking more than likely that he's not only going to wind up in the American League, but possibly the American League East.

How does a 1-2 punch of Jose Bautista and Prince Fielder sound to you? Know what it sounds like to me?  Nothing.  Because I can't hear a thing over the sound of my fear. 

Over the weekend, CBS Cleveland reported this:

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.

And, today, the Chicago Tribune is reporting this:

The market for Fielder isn't that much better. He appeared to lose one suitor Monday with the Nationals dropping out (they are focused on Mark Buehrle, the White Sox ace who is a free agent) but gained two more. The Orioles, according to multiple reports, have contacted agent Scott Boras about him, and the Mariners also have interest.

There seems to be a little confusion over exactly which teams are involved, as is typically the case this time of year where the rumors come from all directions, but here's who appears to be legitimately pursuing Fielder: Blue Jays, Orioles, and the Mariners.

The Brewers are either out, or just really tough negotiators.  Here's what Doug Melvin, their GM, said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Though the market for first baseman Prince Fielder seemed to be shrinking by the minute Monday, there was no indication the Milwaukee Brewers had any plans to try to keep their free-agent slugger.

Asked if he thought he'd meet with Fielder's agent, Scott Boras, at the winter meetings, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said, "I don't know. I don't have plans on it."

Anything is possible right now, especially with the market for Fielder being much smaller than anticipated, but the Brewers don't seem like they're interested in playing Boras' free agent games.

And the dark horse in all this?  The Yankees, of course.  Logically it makes no sense for them to bring Fielder aboard: he'll need to full-time DH, and they'll need that spot to rotate the many many overpaid aging stars on their roster.  But there have been rumblings about Fielder going to New York since last season.

He would absolutely destroy pitches in that stadium, and would take over some of the offensive burden from their many many overpaid aging stars.  I could easily see them pulling the "Screw it, we're the Yankees" card, signing Fielder and worrying about how the roster shakes out another day.

But if I had to put my money on someone right now, it'd be the Blue Jays.  They make the most sense. They have the cash.  They have some talent to compete.  Fielder gets to go to a big market.  And the Jays get another slugger to ease some of the burden on Bautista.  It's really a win-win for both parties. 

Plus, no one signs with Baltimore and Seattle is the place where sluggers go to hit singles. But man, I really don't want to have to face Fielder for 60+ at bats a season.

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