There are many talks throughout baseball that the Milwaukee Brewers will be inclined to move the 5'11", 270-pound first baseman after the 2008 season.
With a big-money contract on the horizon for Fielder, the Brewers may not have the cash to give to him, or they might feel it is financially irresponsible to do so. Even if the Brew Crew trade Fielder, they have enough organizational depth to replace Fielder offensively.
Corey Hart can move back to his original position of first base, and Matt LaPorta could get the call up and replace Hart in right field.
Now the question is: What do the Brewers get for a guy like Fielder? With a rotation in flux, and the possibility of Ben Sheets leaving after 2008 as a free agent, it would make the most sense for the Brewers to go after a starting pitcher.
One interesting name that seemed to make sense was the Giants' Matt Cain. Despite a 7-16 record in 2007, and a 4.39 ERA in 2008, Cain is still a legitimate ace pitcher and still has a huge upside.
It will be difficult for the Giants to part with such a pitcher. However, if they get Fielder in return, they could acquire the big bat that they have desperately needed. Such a hitter would not only win ballgames by protecting Aaron Rowand in the lineup, but also would put fans in the seats, much like a guy named Barry did.
I don't expect this to be done by the deadline. However, it could be the blockbuster that lights up the '08-'09 offseason.
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