MLB Trade Possibilities: 9 Teams That Will Come Calling for Prince Fielder
In his contract year, Prince Fielder will be looking to make a big impression on potential suitors this year. He signed a $15.5 million dollar contract with the Brewers for 2011, but it is likely he will land elsewhere before the year is up as the Brewers probably cannot afford to sign him.
Also, the Brewers have been bit by the injury bug early, losing star pitcher Zack Greinke to a cracked rib shortly after they traded for him. Another example is slugger Corey Hart, who has not played yet either after a strained oblique.
As for Fielder, in the first dozen games of the season, Fielder showed his power with three homers and 15 RBI while batting .372. He is putting on a show that will not go unnoticed.
And there are plenty of other teams out there who will be vying for his services.
After signing right fielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract this offseason, it is apparent that the Washington Nationals are not afraid to spend money. And if they want Prince Fielder, they are going to need some money.
Looking ahead to 2012, the Nationals feel they will have a chance to contend once pitching phenom Steven Strasburg returns from Tommy John surgery. But they will need run support.
Trading for Fielder and signing him to a long term deal gives them another big bat in the line-up to help out Werth and Ryan Zimmerman.
Fresh off their unsuccessful run at the World Series in 2010, the Rangers feel they can get back again this year. However, their line-up suffered a huge blow when slugger Josh Hamilton broke his arm sliding into home plate head-first on April 12, 2011.
The Rangers may need some extra pop in the batting order. Plus, when Hamilton returns, Fielder would provide very good protection for him.
Current first baseman Mitch Moreland is a solid, young player, but Fielder would certainly be an upgrade. And if the Rangers can deal Michael Young, they should have extra money to sign Fielder to an extension.
San Francisco Giants
After defeating the Rangers for the World Championship in 2010, the Giants know they have the arms to do it again. The question is, do they have the bats as well?
Current first baseman Brandon Belt is young and inexperienced. Prince Fielder would be a major upgrade for them.
On a team with extraordinary pitching, a few more big sluggers in the line-up certainly could not hurt their chances.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are off to a good start in 2011, better than many expected. Over the past several years, the Jays have been stocking up on young talent just waiting to make a run at the AL East.
If the Jays feel they have a shot, adding Prince Fielder could be on their minds.
Current first baseman Adam Lind had a difficult season in 2010. The Jays are hoping he can bounce back. But if he does not, Fielder is a good choice.
Lind could also be moved to the DH role or vice versa. Either way, another power bat in the line-up to compliment Jose Bautista is a solid move.
New York Mets
The Mets have been spiraling downhill since a huge collapse in 2007. However, this is a team that still has a lot of talent.
And although guys like David Wright and Jose Reyes are a big boost, the Mets still lack some fire power. Prince Fielder would also be a nice upgrade over Ike Davis at first base.
The issue the Mets are going to have is money. In their current financial situation, can they afford a guy like Fielder?
In a tough division, the Mets will likely not compete in 2011 so a trade for Fielder only makes sense if they can sign him long term. If they can find the money, expect them to take a crack at landing Fielder.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox toyed with letting first baseman Paul Konerko go this offseason. But after Konerko turned down a deal from Arizona, the Sox rewarded him with a three-year, $37.5 million deal to stay in Chicago.
With Adam Dunn as their DH, would the Sox even have room for Prince Fielder on their roster?
Konerko is 35-years old and Fielder is just 26. Youth translates to longevity, something that may be limited with Konerko.
If the Sox see an opportunity to upgrade, they could either look to trade Konerko or relegate him to a bench role.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are a team with some very solid talent. But they have struggled in the NL West recently, which is packed with good teams like the Giants and Rockies.
But they have the raw materials to succeed. A player like Prince Fielder could give them a huge boost.
Currently, James Loney is the regular first baseman but he is off to an awful start in 2011. In 2010, he batted only .267 with an on-base percentage of .329.
The Dodgers may take a look at Fielder if this trend continues.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are in the process of building a new stadium in an effort to draw more fans. But since slugger Carl Crawford left for the Red Sox, the fans have little to cheer about.
The Rays need a star like Prince Fielder. Not only to add some power to a weak line-up, but to give the fans a reason to buy tickets.
Whether or not they can pull it off remains to be seen, but they will probably give it a shot.
Los Angeles Angels
In the city of Angels, money seems to fall from the sky. And this team will need a good chunk to land Prince Fielder.
While young Mark Trumbo looks like the slugger of the future for the Angels, adding Fielder would give them instant credibility and put the fear into the rest of the AL West.
The Angels have some very good prospects, like right-hander Taylor Chatwood, that could help them acquire Fielder. But more importantly, they have the cash.
Look for the Angels to make a serious bid for Fielder before the trade deadline.