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2011 MLB Playoffs: Milwaukee Brewers Finding a Replacement for Prince Fielder

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2011 MLB Playoffs: Milwaukee Brewers Finding a Replacement for Prince Fielder
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Now that the Milwaukee Brewers are heading back to Miller Park to host the Arizona Diamondback in Game 5 of the NLDS, there is a very real chance the Brewers' season could end Friday evening.

That would likely mark the end of Prince Fielder's playing career for the team, as he's set to become a free agent this winter.

Great debate and much attention will be paid to where Fielder plays in 2012. While that will be the subject of many articles this winter, the only thing Brewer fans care about is how the team will fill his void at first base.

Many critics like to point out Fielder's weight as a concern for his future, but he's only missed 13 games since becoming a full-time starter in 2006. As much as the team will miss his clubhouse presence, it's Fielder's ability to play (and amass MVP-type numbers) every day that will be hardest for the Brewers to replace. 

The Brewers can go with an internal option, make a trade or sign a free agent, but it's quite likely they'll have no chance of replacing the 37 home runs and 106 RBI that he's averaged in his career.

Here are a few of the many options that the Brewers might turn to for 2012 and beyond.

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