Okay, before anyone totally freaks out, this is not a "Brewers are looking to trade Prince Fielder" story. This is strictly a what-if scenario, plain and simple.
As we know, there are some teams out there that have had a disappointing offseason thus far. Their fans are clamoring for their team to do something. As a result, a team might be looking to make a splash the size of Prince Fielder doing a cannonball into the proverbial MLB pool.
It has been made clear that the Brewers are in "go for it" mode this season. What if one of those aforementioned teams gets desperate and makes an EXTREMELY aggressive and attractive offer to the Brewers for Fielder?
I want to take a look at 10 potential deals that may just get the Brewers to think long and hard about dealing their slugger while still allowing them to go for it this year. Other players could be included from the Brewers besides Fielder in any of these trade scenarios.
No not THAT border. The one to the North. The Brewers have already made two trades with the Blue Jays in the past few weeks so why not another?
Toronto is getting uneasy about their offseason. Besides the two deals with the Brewers, nothing has come to fruition. Even countryman Russell Martin opted for the Yankees instead of the Jays. Trading for Fielder would be huge and could re-energize their fan base. He won't come cheap, however.
Deck McGuire RHP, Aaron Sanchez RHP and Rajai Davis OF for Prince Fielder
Davis is a slightly older version of Carlos Gomez with a better OBP. Sanchez has a power arm and is still very young, not too far out of high school. He gets a lot of strikeouts and also induces a lot of ground balls. He is already ahead of the curve. McGuire won't need much time in the minors. He may be ready to pitch out of the pen later this year and compete for a spot in the rotation in 2012.
The Angels have already lost out on Carl Crawford and have been looking for a consistent left-handed bat with power for quite some time now. Who would make a splash in Cali bigger than Prince?
Kendry Morales is a question mark after his broken leg last year. The Angels might be looking for a major upgrade. It's possible that a deal somewhat like this could entice the Brewers.
Kendry Morales 1B, Fabio Martinez RHP and Garrett Richards RHP for Prince Fielder
Obviously the Brewers can plug Morales in at first. Martinez is a few years away. He struck out 141 in 103 IP in 2010. If he can reduce his walks, he'll be downright dominant. Richards looks to start the season in Double-A and with continued success move to Triple-A by the end of 2011.
Detroit would bring back old memories for Prince. He basically grew up in old Tiger Stadium while his dad was playing.
The Tigers could use another bomber in their line-up. Even though they re-signed Magglio Ordonez, there would still be a spot for Prince. Ordonez could remain in the outfield with Prince splitting his time between first and DH with Miguel Cabrera. A package that might get it done could be this.
Andrew Oliver LHP, Drew Smyly LHP and Daniel Fields OF for Prince Fielder
Oliver is ready now, while Smyly is an already polished college lefty who should be ready very soon. Fields is real young but has outstanding tools. He'll probably be ready when Corey Hart's contract expires.
Even though the Giants won the World Series in 2010, I think they know that without bolstering their offense, the odds aren't good to repeat. Adding Prince makes sense. He would take over at first and Huff would head to the OF, which he played some last season. Here's what it might take to get the Prince.
Jonathan Sanchez LHP and Brandon Belt 1B for Prince Fielder
I think we already know what Sanchez can bring to the table. Belt is a bit of a question mark, but a very talented one at that. He has a good command of the strike zone and won't strike out a lot. If he wouldn't start the season in Milwaukee, the odds are he'd end it there.
The Braves traded for Dan Uggla and didn't really give up all that much for him. Their starting rotation is strong and they have depth.
One spot that is quite a question mark is first base. They seem ready to give that spot to rookie Freddie Freeman. His name sounds like he could have been big in Motown some years ago. Atlanta is poised to make a run and Prince would do what Derrick Lee couldn't last year. OK, so here's the deal.
Nate McClouth OF, Brandon Beachy RHP and Julio Teheran RHP for Prince Fielder
Nate McClouth? Yes, there has been a Nate McClouth sighting. He struggled with injuries last season and never rounded back into form. We've seen just what he can do when healthy with the Pirates. He's a free-agent at the end of 2011 and solid defensively.
Beachy is ready to go whether it's at the back end of the rotation or in the pen. He can help from day one. The prize is Teheran. Still very young, but totally dominant. It would be a couple years, but he has No.1 starter stuff. Including Teheran here might be a stretch, but we are talking about aggressive offers. I think this would qualify.
There were rumblings some time ago about the Brewers and Dodgers discussing a deal for Prince. While the specific details of the traded were refuted, I don't think it's a secret that there is still interest on the part of the Dodgers. Let's see what they might be willing to offer.
James Loney 1B, Chad Billingsley RHP and Kenley Jansen RHP for Prince Fielder
Loney would obviously step in at first-base in Milwaukee. Billingsley would plug into the fifth spot in the rotation. Jansen would be a power arm that could solidify the bullpen. This deal does more to help the Brewers now than some of the others.
The Rangers got Brandon Webb! Strike up the band. While taking a calculated risk on Webb was really a no-brainer, it wasn't the kind of move the Rangers' new ownership was looking for. Mitch Moreland is probably not the answer at first-base. Enter Prince Fielder.
Elvis Andrus SS, Robbie Ross LHP and Robbie Erlin LHP for Prince Fielder.
Obviously, Andrus plugs right in at SS from day one. Ross is a nice lefty with a strong power sinker while Erlin does just about everything well. It would be nice for him to lower his fly ball rate some however.
No, this isn't a strip club. It's Safeco Field in the Pacific Northwest.
The Mariners traded for Justin Smoak last year, and so far he has been a disappointment. Adding Prince would give them a stud in the middle of their line-up. Whether he plays first or DH, his bat is the draw. Seattle may have the money next year to make a run at re-signing Prince as well. Okay, check this out.
Michael Pineda RHP, Chone Figgins 2B/3B/OF and Mauricio Robles LHP for Prince Fielder.
Pineda is a stud and one of the top prospects in the entire Mariners organization. He could start the season in Milwaukee as the fifth starter, work out of the bullpen or go to Triple-A and wait for an opening. He would also be great insurance if Greinke ends up leaving in a couple years.
Figgins would be reunited with Ron Roenicke, which could make things exciting. Robles is a smallish lefty, but he can pitch.
The Mets need to shake things up a little or quite literally be given a swift kick in the pants.
It wouldn't be prudent for them to trade Jason Bay or David Wright. No one will want Carlos Beltran unless the Mets pick up a huge portion of his contract. After trading Escobar, the Brewers are thin at SS. The Mets new GM may need to make his mark early. This could be it.
Jose Reyes SS, Reese Havens 2B/SS and Dillon Gee RHP for Prince Fielder.
Both Reyes and Prince are free agents at the end of 2011 and right around the same age. A bonus for the Brewers is that Reyes' agent isn't Scott Boras. That might give them a fighting chance to re-sign him. Reyes would bring another dynamic piece to the offense, possibly hitting in the two hole between Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun.
Havens has played both 2B and SS. He has been dinged up a bit, but is a solid young player. Gee has shown flashes, but has been inconsistent. Sounds like a lot of younger pitchers. The skills are there however.
Baltimore just can't get any love from free-agents. They've been desperately trying to get a power bat and previously had shown interest in Fielder. It just may be the time to revisit those discussions with the Brewers. They need something to get their fans buzzing. The Orioles might be willing to take a chance on a guy like Prince.
Adam Jones CF and Zachary Britton LHP for Prince Fielder.
Jones would be the key for the Brewers in the deal. He'd immediately take over the opening in CF as a result of trading Lorenzo Cain in the Greinke deal. Jones is only 25 and under team control for at least three more years. He strikes out too much, but his OBP is 40 points higher than Gomez's.
Britton is a really good young lefty and is nearly ready for the majors. I like him a lot. Adding him would somewhat offset the losses of Odorizzi and Jeffress.