While trading Fielder is not ideal and the Brewers fans would love to see him in Milwaukee for years to come, he is likely to command top dollar. With Scott Boras as his agent, he will most likely want more than Mauer's eight-year, $184 million contract. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Boras will command $200 million plus.
If the Brewers realize that an extension isn't possible and they fall out of the NL Central race, they should seriously load the farm system this summer. With two years left on Fielder's contract before free agency and his undeniable power, teams would be attracted to Prince, but at what price?
Over the years, we have dealt our top guys to get a rental guy for the remainder of the season, i.e. Sabathia and Linebrink. If and only if Prince won't re-sign with the Crew, we should ship him out for top talent.
The Blue Jays asked for the world for Roy Halladay and they got it. The Blue Jays got a ton of talented prospects in return for Halladay so why couldn't Milwaukee do the same with a young slugger who is in his prime?
While I am not in favor of a Fielder trade, I offer up an interesting scenario that could tempt Doug Melvin and Mark Attanasio into trading Prince.
Milwaukee Brewers trade Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers and
1B—Justin Smoak (takes over for Prince)
LHP—Martin Perez (brings a top of the rotation prospect)
RF—Mitch Moreland (slugging OF/1B that could replace Corey Hart long term)
LHP—Kasy Kiker (another really good arm)
This is most likely not going to happen considering the prospects involved, but the price for Prince should and will be very steep. This is all considering that there is no way we can keep Prince. If the Brewers brass can get a haul like this, I say go for it.