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08:14 AM ET 01.02 | Welcome to 2012, which, from a hot stove perspective, is headlined by Prince Fielder. Where will he wind up, and will he top Pujols' annual average value? Fielder wanted the Cubs; they're a reasonable distance from his Florida home and he has outstanding numbers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs, however, appear committed to a full rebuild for 2012. Washington is always regarded as a likely buyer when it comes to a Scott Boras client. But the Nationals are a little gun-shy after last year's big purchase, Boras client Jayson Werth (seven years, $126 million), who endured a terrible 2011. Plus, they owe Adam LaRoche $8 million for 2012. Toronto? That was my bet in late October. The Jays say they won't commit beyond five years.

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January 2, 2012  08:51 AM ET

The market for Prince seems to be dwindling daily...sadly, it means more time with "the Jays are rumoured to be interested" which seems to be the case on EVERY rumour this off season.

January 2, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Maybe this is the Cubs fan in me talking... but, shouldn't you take a chance on a guy that's this good to help right the ship? I mean, he wants to play for the Cubs, he loves the stadium... forget rebuilding! Buy a semi-competent team with Fielder and Javier Vazquez as the headliners. Find takers for the old expensive guys on our roster (Byrd, Soriano, Zambrano, Dempster). Keep Garza and build around him. I don't see why we have to get rid of everything that isn't nailed down just because we're "rebuilding." The Cubs are a huge market. We shouldn't have rebuilding years! We should be able to spend our way out of the doldrums that affect teams like the Astros and Pirates!

Why doesn't this make sense to anyone but me?

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January 2, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The market for Prince seems to be dwindling daily...sadly, it means more time with "the Jays are rumoured to be interested" which seems to be the case on EVERY rumour this off season.

I'd bet the sticking point is the number of years in the contract. If Scott Boras isn't careful, he'll get his client signed with a cellar-dweller that puts all the eggs in Fielder's basket and can't afford to sign the talent to complement him.

January 2, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Maybe this is the Cubs fan in me talking... but, shouldn't you take a chance on a guy that's this good to help right the ship? I mean, he wants to play for the Cubs, he loves the stadium... forget rebuilding! Buy a semi-competent team with Fielder and Javier Vazquez as the headliners. Find takers for the old expensive guys on our roster (Byrd, Soriano, Zambrano, Dempster). Keep Garza and build around him. I don't see why we have to get rid of everything that isn't nailed down just because we're "rebuilding." The Cubs are a huge market. We shouldn't have rebuilding years! We should be able to spend our way out of the doldrums that affect teams like the Astros and Pirates!Why doesn't this make sense to anyone but me?

The Cubs fan in me says stay away from Fielder like the Plague. He had a solid season this year because he was playing for a big pay day. Whoever signs him is going to be very disappointed.

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January 2, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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Have you seen his numbers for the last five seasons? Apparently not.

Yes I have. My gut is telling me he's going to suck. I could be wrong, but I feel very strong about him. Again, stay away.

January 2, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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Yes I have. My gut is telling me he's going to suck. I could be wrong, but I feel very strong about him. Again, stay away.

He's been very good every year I thought. I think he'll be fine. He's done nothing to make me believe otherwise.

January 2, 2012  10:24 AM ET

The club can't "spend" their way out of the doldrums because Ricketts is in financial trouble. You can't spend what you don't have

January 2, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The market for Prince seems to be dwindling daily...sadly, it means more time with "the Jays are rumoured to be interested" which seems to be the case on EVERY rumour this off season.

The Jays are in on every rumour because they have a strict policy of not commenting on any rumour or player.

So agents like Boras create fake rumours involving the Jays, cause they know it wont be denied, and try to create a market or bidding war.

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January 2, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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Washington and the Cubbies are circling like vultures

seatle,and toronto are the other two teams who are just like a expectator's, want to have fielder in their lineup but they refuse to give a long term deal to fielder, could it be because of the past faillures, figgins, bedard,

January 2, 2012  11:26 AM ET

boras its the biggest obstacle in fielders dream, fielder would like to get at least 7 years deal but boras greed can't allow that to happen not the way fielder would like to get his long term deal, my point its, fielder should fire boras as his agent, fielder should make his own deal and terms and conditions with the owners directly, forget the agent, and forget the GM from the team that its interested in signning fielder, less people involved in fielder's contract more money for fielder and more money for the team who sign him,could it happen? yes if the team interested in fielder its fair and serious about signning this elite player!!

January 2, 2012  11:31 AM ET
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Yes I have. My gut is telling me he's going to suck. I could be wrong, but I feel very strong about him. Again, stay away.

i got the feeling that you have to be a brewers fan, then again everybody its free to their opinions,
my guess its that fielder still have plenty to give to the sport of baseball, whoever sign him wouldn't be dissappointed the player has what any team would like to get from any power hitter, the rangers will sign him at the end, just before the new season start fielder should be ready to play for the rangers!!!

January 2, 2012  11:32 AM ET
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The club can't "spend" their way out of the doldrums because Ricketts is in financial trouble. You can't spend what you don't have

the cubs need to be sold to another wealthy owner who doesn't complain about the luxury tax, or about the long term deals!!

January 2, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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Some team will end up with a relative bargain for Prince, as most of the big hitters (Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Angels) have first basemen and most of the remaining teams that would like to sign him don't have the cash.Texas is waiting in the wings, fellas. Seattle, Toronto, Washington and the Cubbies are circling like vultures, but the Rangers could get it done.

like i said before the rangers will get fielder in their lineup,but the rangers are using the passive mode towards fielder's agent, the longest fielder stays unsigned the better for any team to get a big disccount!!!

January 2, 2012  11:42 AM ET

the angels got pujols, the question its, how the angels are going to protect pujols? because when the rangers did play against the cards in the world series the rangers took away the bat from pujols, the halos are going to need more than trumbo and morales to avoid that, i guess the little guys would have to step up in those type of situations, callaspo, izturis,aybar,kendrick, bourjo's,if the bases are loaded then the opposite team has to pitch to pujols unless they inssisted to walk him!!

January 2, 2012  11:45 AM ET

On the fence on this one. The Cubs need a lot more than Prince to be competitive. It's true that he can be the cornerstone of the franchise but tying up a lot of your money (I don't think he is going to sign for less than 10 years) for one player doesn't make fiscal sense to me.

January 2, 2012  11:47 AM ET

fielder may have to wait untill spring trainning to get a new team to play, but his tag in any deal should be lower than the one he its being expecting!!!

 
January 2, 2012  11:50 AM ET

if fielder was smart enough, he should take a 3 years deal either from toronto, or from the cubs 30 millions for each season could be the right price for fielder, but could those teams be able to afford him??

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