UPDATE – WOW. LOOKS LIKE ALL THE FIELDER TO THE NATIONALS TALK WAS FOR NOT. FIELDER HAS JUST AGREED TO A NINE YEAR, $214 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE DETROIT TIGERS. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/JonHeymanCBS/status/161901664947802112″]
Jon Heyman is reporting that the Washington Nationals are still very much in the mix and possibly the favorites for Prince Fielder.[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/JonHeymanCBS/status/161882808564977664″] According to Heyman the fact that the Nationals are still in the running means Washington has soften its stance of offering no more than six years because it appears Fielder is expected to get a seven or eight year deal. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/JonHeymanCBS/status/161868579489329152″]It’s suprising to see Fielder still on the market but many teams have been scared off due to several factors including his weight and lack of ability to play any other position but first – which makes the low number of National League suitors less suprising. As of yesterday it looked like the Nationals and two American League clubs – the Rangers and Orioles were believed to be the last teams in the Fielder sweepstakes. However, today Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Rangers believe they are out of the Fielder talks and talks with Washington is heating up.
Another school of thought thrown out by ESPN’s Buster Only has him suggesting Fielder take a one year deal and hit the free agent market at the top bat in 2013 – [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Buster_ESPN/status/161868480503742467″] . If that was the direction he goes – which is extremely unlikely – it could be difficult to see Fielder getting more than he would now because he would be a year older and the the possibility of injury or a sub-par 2012 leaves to much to chance.
As of right now Washington look to be the favorites, which could make the Nationals one of the favorites to come out of the National League East.