Milwaukee Brewers: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder, along with Albert Pujols, will be the prize of the free agent class of 2012.
The power-hitting first basemen hit 38 HRs with 120 RBIs. He played in all 162 games, proving his worth as a durable player and is part of the best 1-2 power combo's in the Major Leagues.
While Milwaukee seems like a long shot to re-sign the slugger, there will be plenty of other teams lining up for his services.
Here's a look at some potential suitors.
The St. Louis Cardinals
Fielder could be replacing Pujols in St. Louis
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With Albert Pujols potentially exploring the free agent market, the St. Louis Cardinals could face a gaping hole at first base. Enter, Prince Fielder.
If the Cardinals fail to re-sign Pujols, look for them to go hard after Fielder. While not the overall talent that Pujols is, Fielder would put many fans' minds at ease by knowing they still have an MVP-caliber first baseman.
Pujols still remains their top priority, but they also need a Plan B.
The Chicago Cubs
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Yet another NL Central team could be in the mix for Prince Fielder's services. The Chicago Cubs are always on the look out for big-name talent and Fielder fits that mold.
Albert Pujols' name has come up the most when talking about the Cubs, but Fielder is the logical second choice.
The addition of Fielder would add to a youth movement in the infield for the Cubs that already includes Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney.
But before this can happen, the Cubs need to find a General Manager (Theo Epstein?).
The Baltimore Orioles
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The Orioles are in a very competitive AL East division that includes the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. They showed the willingness to spend money last offseason by signing Vladamir Guerrero, JJ Hardy and Derek Lee.
Prince Fielder would instantly make the Orioles better, and under the guidance of Buck Showalter, maybe even a playoff contender.
With Mark Reynolds, JJ Hardy and Fielder, the Orioles would have a lineup that saw three players hit 30 HRs or more in 2011.
The Florida Marlins
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The Florida Marlins are an intriguing landing spot for Fielder. They recently hired Ozzie Guillen as their manager and are moving into a new ballpark.
Fielder could open the new stadium as the face of the franchise, which already includes star Hanley Ramirez and up-and-coming star Mike Stanton.
If the Marlins are willing to dish out the money, Fielder would have to think long and hard about the opportunity to join the Marlins and make them a contender in the NL East.
The Texas Rangers
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The Texas Rangers have been a powerhouse in the American League for the past two seasons. They have shown that they are not afraid to spend money to get the players that they want.
Fielder would give the Rangers the best lineup in the Majors, which already includes Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young.
While the Rangers top priority might be re-signing C.J. Wilson, Fielder would be devastating for the rest of the league.