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Prince Fielder is likely entering his final season in Milwaukee.
I always hate to see big names leave a place, but that's what the free-agency era has done. Teams don't stick together, players seek the most money possible and agents like Scott Boras fan the flames.
Well, it is a business after all, and Fielder has to do what's best for him. That probably doesn't include staying in a small market.
There will be teams in on his services, but they're likely to target Albert Pujols first. Fielder, at the advice of Boras, will probably wait to see how Pujols' negotiations go as his value will go up after Pujols signs.
There are two big issues that most teams looking at him will encounter. He has little defensive value and guys with his body type don't traditionally age well.
Rejecting the $100 million five-year deal from the Brewers tells us what kind of money he's looking for. He's going to gun for that Ryan Howard type deal, and while some team may give it to him, it probably won't be a good investment at the back end.
Surely, Fielder has a skill set that would fit some teams and their parks extremely well. One example would be the Mariners, who could use a big slugging lefty that projects as a DH soon. Their financial limitations may get in the way of making that happen, though.
Before the season is over, though, the Brewers are sure to explore trade options since they just don't figure to retain him after 2011.
If they do, a team I'd keep in mind as a surprise partner would be Oakland. If they're hanging in the race come July, Billy Beane is a guy who will get creative.
They aren't a team who would likely keep him past 2011, but Beane has been willing to give up a couple prospects knowing he can get top draft pics as compensation when a guy signs elsewhere as a Type A free agent (think Matt Holliday).