Albert Pujols will turn 32 next month. It's very possible that his best seasons are behind him. He just signed a 10-year, 254 million contract with the Angels.
Prince Fielder, 27, is entering his prime. He had the better 2011 regular season. Scott Boras can argue that Fielder will outperform Pujols over the next decade and is therefore entitled to a larger contract.
Frankly, I agree with that point of view. But it has a pretty significant flaw: If a team was willing to bid that high, Fielder would have a 10-year, 255 million contract in hand. For now, he doesn't.
That could change. But perhaps Boras and Fielder have found that it's one thing to state a logical case and quite another to find a team willing to spend, on average, 25.5 million per year for a first baseman.
Fielder isn't the problem. Boras isn't the problem. The marketplace is the problem.
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