As the National League Championship Series came to a conclusion on Sunday night in Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder had to have taken a moment to reflect on his career in Milwaukee, knowing full well that he could have played his last game there.
In Fielder’s six-plus seasons in Milwaukee, he put together a body of work that can only be described as remarkable. Consider these numbers for a moment:
- Became the 25th member of the 50-home run club in 2007
- Won Silver Slugger in 2007
- Three-time all-star (2007, 2009, 2011)
- 15th-youngest player in Major League history to reach the 200-homer plateau
- Is a vegetarian
Now you’re probably thinking to yourself, “why is Fielder being a vegetarian on this list?” Well, I included this fact because of all the naysayers who believe Fielder will constantly have a weight problem. From the beginning of the 2011 until Sunday’s NLCS final game, Fielder gained zero weight, and his body weight has not fluctuated much at all since the 2008 season.
Let’s face it—Fielder is a stud ballplayer. He has worked diligently in improving his defense at first base, and while he will never be confused with Mark Teixeira, his defense has improved since breaking into the majors.
There will be teams lining up for a chance at acquiring Fielder, and others who would certainly love to have the slugger on their team as well, but won’t be able to pony up the money necessary.
So, just what is every team’s chance at signing Fielder to a long-term lucrative contract?
Let’s take a look…
Note: While there are a number of teams who are listed at zero percent, we will also explain that reasoning as well.