MLB Free Agency: Why Nationals Haven't Pulled the Trigger on Prince Fielder Deal

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MLB Free Agency: Why Nationals Haven't Pulled the Trigger on Prince Fielder Deal
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"The Nationals look like Prince Fielder favorites"—The Washington Post, Nationals Journal

"Nationals a favorite to sign Prince Fielder"—Boston Herald

"Prince Fielder Rumors: Cubs, Nationals are most likely options"—International Business Times

"Nationals still in on Prince Fielder, meet with Agent Scott Boras about him"—AOL Sporting News

Ever since the calendar turned to 2012, headlines like these have done nothing but clutter the web and newspapers everywhere. From business dailies and local papers, to national news and debate forums, the Prince Fielder to the Washington Nationals rumors are everywhere.

In the past month, there have been pieces citing the Nationals and the will they or won't they saga of signing the second-best free agent and best available in this year's class. Several teams such as the Cubs, Mariners, Blue Jays and Rangers have expressed interest in possibly signing Fielder. But the Nationals, as rumor has it, are the front-runners.

Despite all of the talk around Fielder, the biggest question has yet to be answered: where is he going to play in 2012? Surprising to many around baseball, no one knows the answer. It has taken longer for Fielder to find a destination than many expected and it is possible that it might take even longer.

Even though Washington is supposedly the favorite to sign him, they haven't yet. With a guy as powerful and productive as Fielder, people are baffled that he is still on the market. And better yet, that the Nationals haven't inked him to a contract.

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