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2012 MLB Free Agents: Why Prince Fielder Should Sign with Washington Nationals

Alec DoppCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2011

2012 MLB Free Agents: Why Prince Fielder Should Sign with Washington Nationals

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    With pennant races heating up, MLB teams and fans are looking forward to yet another memorable postseason.

    Just down the road from the playoffs, however, is free agency.  Baseball's annual "winter meetings" are sure to feature some of the biggest names in the game, of which include Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.

    Undoubtedly one of the most talented power-hitters in the league today, Fielder is bound for a monster payday once the offseason hits.  Speculation says the Brewers won't have enough money to resign the superstar, which leaves the door open to may other clubs.

    Here are a few reasons Fielder should sign with the Washington Nationals this offseason.

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The Nationals Have the Money to Pay Him Like a King

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    Whether we'd like to believe it or not, Scott Boras—Fielder's agent—will have a colossal influence on where the slugger decides to sign this offseason.  Boras represents some of the biggest names in the game today, and is an expert at getting his players hefty contracts.

    Fielder, who is in the midst of an MVP-type season (.303 BA, 27 HR, 89 RBI, .973 OPS) at mid-August, still has his best years ahead of him.

    As a team, the Nationals rank in the bottom 10 in runs, RBI, OBP, SLG and OPS.  If they expect to contend with the Phillies and Braves for the next decade, they'll need Fielder's bat in the lineup.

    Washington should be more than willing to pay Fielder the kind of money he's looking for.

Fielder Would Be Surrounded by Up-and-Coming Talent for Years to Come

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    Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa lead an absolutely stacked Nationals farm system already capable of producing a power-packed lineup for many years to come.

    With Fielder at first base, who's to say they couldn't win the NL East as early as 2012?

    With Ryan Zimmerman locked up through 2013, and Jayson Werth under contract until 2017, Washington also has a considerable amount of veteran talent Fielder would mesh with perfectly.

    Call me crazy, but this lineup would be explosive enough to compete for a World Series.

He'd Have the Chance to Contend on a Yearly Basis

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    All things considered, a lot will be riding on these next few months regarding Fielder's free-agency intentions.  If the Brewers are able to win the World Series, it wouldn't shock me if he stays and re-signs with Milwaukee after the season.

    If not, things could become a whole lot more interesting.

    Fielder has shied away from free-agency speculation and what he plans to do this winter, but one thing's for certain: the guy simply wants to win.

    With the unprecedented talent in the Nationals' farm system, along with the skill already in place, Fielder would have a legitimate shot at contending for the World Series on a yearly basis—all while getting the pay he deserves.

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