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The Washington Nationals didn't place a bid to purchase the rights Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish this offseason, but he may be the leading factor blocking Prince Fielder's arrival in DC.Â Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Darvish and the Texas Rangers, the team that won exclusive negotiating rights to his contract, are not close to a deal.
The Rangers paid a $51.7 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters to negotiate a deal with Darvish.Â According to reports, Darvish has been offered a contract similar to Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Boston Red Sox pitcher, of around $52 million.Â All in all, that would be almost $104 million out of the purse of the Rangers organization.
How does this affect the Nationals?Â Well, the Rangers have also been tied to the Prince Fielder.Â If Texas doesn't successfully sign Darvish, he will return to the Nippon Ham Fighters and the Rangers will get their $51.7 million posting fee back, plus they won't have doled out as much a...
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Though their relationship is said to be strained, Cecil Fielder says he talked to his son, Prince, and thinks he's going to sign with the Nats.
(Prince Fielder is a pretty good bowler, too. Screencap via this TWCSports video.)
...not our baseball source, of course. (Partly because we don't have sources - we simply have people who seem to know stuff and are usually right.) And so, we couldn't help but re-purpose the opening sentence of Bill Ladson's "Nationals unlikely to sign Prince at current price...
Nationals.com beat reporter Bill Ladson made the hearts of Nats fans everywhere sink today when he wrote that a source informed him there is a "99 percent chance" that the club will not sign Prince Fielder.Â According to Ladson, someone with knowledge of the negotiations believes that the current asking price for the All-Star first baseman is just too high:
Mariners fans really, really want the team to sign star free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. But all that speculation may be âextremely overblown.â At least, so says ESPNâs Jerry Crasnick on Twitter. Thatâs what an agent apparently told him. On 710 AM ESPN Seattle radio Tuesday afternoon, Crasnick said Fielder probably wonât be calling Safeco [...]
The Dodgers' ownership flux will be resolved in the next couple months, with Jan. 23 being a big day. And with the the 23rd approaching quickly, Buster Olney penned a column (ESPN Insider required) today stating the Dodgers should sign Prince Fielder."There's one more thing McCourt can do to add to the feeding frenzy, however. He should go out and sign Prince Fielder...
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Need: Centre field
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