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Boras' tactics overshadow Fielder market

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08:17 AM ET 12.27 | Perhaps only Scott Boras knows the market for Prince Fielder. It would appear that no team interested in Fielder knows where it stands. It's even difficult to know which teams are interested because Boras has at times been able convince teams that they absolutely must have the guy they didn't even know they wanted. Just because there has been so little buzz means absolutely nothing. Boras operates in the darkness, amid smoke and shadows and illusion. As for a price tag, that's easy. When Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $254-million deal with the Angels, that probably became Boras' starting point for Fielder. ... [Fielder's] destination is the most interesting question remaining in the marketplace. Your move, Scott.

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December 27, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Somehow, I'm not surprised. A few years back, Boras thought he was the smartest man in the room with a few of his clients that got stuck with 1 year deals.

December 27, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Hopefully Prince will fire that Turkey and get himself somebody better.

December 27, 2011  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hopefully Prince will fire that Turkey and get himself somebody better.

Doubtful.

December 27, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Prince will get Ryan Howard money and not Albert Pujols money.

No offense to Prince but he has the look like the baseball version of Chris Johnson.

December 27, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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Hopefully Prince will fire that Turkey and get himself somebody better.

Unfortunately, from a players perspective, there usually ISN'T anyone better.

December 27, 2011  09:29 AM ET

Few agents appear more willing to place their clients in situations where they are patently unhappy for a few more million dollars in his pocket than Boras.

December 27, 2011  09:29 AM ET

Being an agent is like being a weather man, even if you're wrong people still listen to you. The thing about being an agent to a professional ball player is that even if you mess up your client still makes out pretty darn good.

December 27, 2011  09:40 AM ET

He probably will not get anything close to what he wants.

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December 27, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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He probably will not get anything close to what he wants.

I think Prince will have to take a shorter contract if he wants a high annual salary. At his weight, his body should break down quicker than someone like Pujols who stays in shape.

December 27, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Borass has certainly made a living on forcing the spenders to spend.

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December 27, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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I think Prince will have to take a shorter contract if he wants a high annual salary. At his weight, his body should break down quicker than someone like Pujols who stays in shape.

When considering Prince you have to look at his Dad. No way you can go more than 5 years.

December 27, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Borass has certainly done a great job at making the Yankees and Red Sox pay his clients top dollar.

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December 27, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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Surprised Fielder hasn't signed with any team yet.

Not if they're looking for Albert years and $$ DJ.

December 27, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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When considering Prince you have to look at his Dad. No way you can go more than 5 years.

I was going to make that argument, but Cecil played 13 seasons in the majors and a year in Japan.

December 27, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Once you read "Boras' tactics..." you can pretty much figure out the rest of the story.

 
December 27, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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I was going to make that argument, but Cecil played 13 seasons in the majors and a year in Japan.

I read somewhere that Cecil had his best year at the same age Prince is now, and declined every year afterwards.

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