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Does Sveum give Cubs edge in landing Fielder?

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09:34 AM ET 11.26 | The Cubs have Aramis Ramirez's contract off the books (if he declines their arbitration offer), are entering in the final year of Carlos Zambrano's deal and should have enough payroll flexibility to make a competitive offer to Prince Fielder. The slugging first baseman could be enticed by the promising new direction, all the city of Chicago has to offer and the chance to star on the team that breaks the greatest championship drought of mankind. The hiring of Dale Sveum, Fielder's former coach in Milwaukee, sure doesn't hurt matters, either. "Prince and I have a great relationship," ESPN.com quoted Sveum as saying last week. "I love Prince to death. It would be nice to have him at first base because of what he brings to the table every single day."

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November 26, 2011  09:36 AM ET

Baba Booey!

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November 26, 2011  10:04 AM ET
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Maybe it does, but I bet if the Cubs don't have the highest offer, it won't matter.

I agree, I think it's pretty obvious the fat man is going to the highest bidder. My guess, Texas.

November 26, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe it does, but I bet if the Cubs don't have the highest offer, it won't matter.

He seems like the kind of guy who might be allured by the promise of deep dish pizza.

November 26, 2011  10:53 AM ET

"It would be nice to have him at first base because of what he brings to the table every single day."

Krispy Kremes? It will be interesting to see if the whether the Cubbies have learned their lesson about the dangers of long term contracts or will they go ahead and make the Sveum old mistake.

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November 26, 2011  11:17 AM ET

If Prince wants more than 6 years, RUN, JED, RUN.

November 26, 2011  11:22 AM ET
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Texas? You think so? I don't really see that. Texas needs a pitcher if it needs anything.

With all the holes the Cubbies have to fill, including pitching, how can they justify spending enough to get Fielder when they can resign Pena for way less money and years?

November 26, 2011  11:36 AM ET
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With all the holes the Cubbies have to fill, including pitching, how can they justify spending enough to get Fielder when they can resign Pena for way less money and years?

After '12, they'll have less than $30M in commitments. I don't think Prince at 20/yr (hoping that's all it would take) would kill their chances of filling at least some of those holes. Moving Marmol could help, too.

November 26, 2011  11:38 AM ET

They'll make an offer. Why not? Many of the big market teams are happy with their man on first base.

November 26, 2011  11:44 AM ET
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Texas? You think so? I don't really see that. Texas needs a pitcher if it needs anything. To me, Buerhle or Edwin Jackson make some sense more than a big contract for a hitter.Texas has offense now. And, they'll be dealing over the next couple of years with new deals for guys such as Hamilton, Kinsler and Cruz.You may be right though.

They do have a hole at 1B. Their pitching should be fine. Moving Neftali Feliz into the rotation will replace Wilson, and that should free up some money to sign Prince. They could also afford Jakson IMO, if they choose to. The Dallas Fort Worth area is a major market, no reason they can't take on payroll. I would also be very leery about signing Hamilton to a long term contract. Great player no doubt, but he's got a lot of bad miles on that body, and he seems to be breaking down already. Signing Fielder would make letting him walk a lot easier.

November 26, 2011  11:57 AM ET

I just have to wonder about any long-term contract for the portly one. It's not like that body will age gracefully.

November 26, 2011  12:07 PM ET

"I love Prince to death. It would be nice to have him at first base because of what he brings to the table every single day."

Meaning like 5 plates full of food?

November 26, 2011  12:22 PM ET
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With all the holes the Cubbies have to fill, including pitching, how can they justify spending enough to get Fielder when they can resign Pena for way less money and years?

the cubs needs stability in firstbase, fielder brings all what its needed in that spot, the guy its young and has durability in the field, its able to produce in other words he is a power hitter, and R,B,I, machine, pena can't acomplished that conssistantly!!!

November 26, 2011  12:25 PM ET

any deal that its offer to fielder shouldn't be too long as a 6,8, 9, years, but would be better to offer him 5 years/100 millions deal!!

November 26, 2011  12:27 PM ET

the player has the ability to drive runs, its able to hit and connect homeruns, and plays solid diffense!!

November 26, 2011  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I just have to wonder about any long-term contract for the portly one. It's not like that body will age gracefully.

Guy's missed 6 games over the last 6 seasons, though, or something close to that. Obviously, he'll wear down as he gets older, but Sori weighs 100 pounds less than Prince and spent his first 3 years w/ the Cubs getting hurt every other time he laced up his spikes. Prince just may be the exception to the Mo Vaughn Rule.

November 26, 2011  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If Prince wants more than 6 years, RUN, JED, RUN.

5 years its the right amount, more than that could harm the cubs chemistry!!

November 26, 2011  01:27 PM ET

Not much protection in the Cubbie order. Prince would get walked a lot more and far fewer RBI.

 
November 26, 2011  01:30 PM ET

its truth that a franchise most put a team together, to do so they need to get a power hitter, a good solid and dependable pitcher, a well experienced catcher, a good flexable outfielder, and best of all a very agressive manager who shouldn't be afraid to play the games to the fullest!

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