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Cubs make most $en$e for Fielder

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08:11 AM ET 12.15 | Prince Fielder and Scott Boras are now up against a ceiling of sorts. Most prudent teams avoid allocating more than one-fifth of their payrolls to any one player. In order to pay a first baseman $25 million while maintaining a credible supporting cast, a club must carry a payroll of $125 million or more. As of Opening Day 2011, only six clubs had payrolls of at least $125 million, according to USA Today. Five of them -- the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Angels and White Sox -- have established first basemen. The sixth is the Chicago Cubs, who not surprisingly are viewed by some as the favorites to sign Fielder. ... Something to watch: Fielder could sign a four-year, $120 million contract, which would beat Pujols' average.

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December 15, 2011  08:25 AM ET

1st again

December 15, 2011  08:26 AM ET

Princes options seem to thin down (no pun intended) more and more each day!

December 15, 2011  08:32 AM ET

The Cubs can afford him but they would love to rid themselves of some of the bad contracts they have on the books before taking on another monster.

December 15, 2011  08:40 AM ET

So what is this thread trying to say.....Fielder will sign with the Cubs by default.....beginning to look like Milwaukee isn't such a bad option after all.....

December 15, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Mabey 4 years 100 mil. is more like it. A short term deal on a young productive big bat might not be so bad. They have to give the fans something

December 15, 2011  09:14 AM ET

I can't believe this guy is still out there. He should have been signed way before Poo-Holes.

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December 15, 2011  09:18 AM ET

The dollar signs in the headlines are not nearly as clever as whoever did it thought it would be.

December 15, 2011  09:28 AM ET

Oh Lord. If he signs a bigger annual deal than AP, I hope it doesn't set Mrs. Pujols off on another tantrum.

December 15, 2011  09:35 AM ET
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Oh Lord. If he signs a bigger annual deal than AP, I hope it doesn't set Mrs. Pujols off on another tantrum.

She'll immediately request a restructuring of the contract.

December 15, 2011  09:35 AM ET

There's no one in the Cubs batting order that would protect his at bats. He'd be pitched around constantly.

December 15, 2011  09:39 AM ET
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Oh Lord. If he signs a bigger annual deal than AP, I hope it doesn't set Mrs. Pujols off on another tantrum.

First she'll hold her breath and stamp her feet.

December 15, 2011  09:40 AM ET
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The Cubs can afford him but they would love to rid themselves of some of the bad contracts they have on the books before taking on another monster.

There's no way they can get rid of Soriano's contract without paying most of it off.

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December 15, 2011  10:28 AM ET
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Why bother in Chicago. They do everything wrong, the only worse franchise than the nym...

without $$$$ problems....

December 15, 2011  11:36 AM ET

I have figured Fielder will end up with the Cubs since Epstein took over. Bora$$ has suckered Theo many times, don't be shocked to see an eight year, $220 million deal.

 
December 15, 2011  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I can't believe this guy is still out there. He should have been signed way before Poo-Holes.

with his body i find it hard to believe that fielder is gonna give you more over the next 10 yrs than pujols. even given the age difference. personally, given the numbers involved, i think signing either of them is a mistake.

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