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In 2011, Prince Fielder ranked No. 2 among first baseman in home runs, No. 1 in RBI, No. 7 in batting average, No. 2 in slugging percentage and No. 4 in WAR.
He's incontrovertibly one of the best slugging first basemen in baseball.
But is he really worth the enormous contract he'll ink in the upcoming weeks?
At 27 years old, he'll play the first few seasons of his new deal in his prime. However, the last two or three—assuming he signs in the vicinity of a seven year deal—will be played with his best seasons in the rearview mirror.
Despite his name, Fielder isn't adept with the glove. His .992 career fielding percentage is very respectable, but it doesn't account for balls he simply couldn't reach—a weakness addressed by UZR.
Fielder has only produced a positive UZR once in his career. This year he had a -5.1 UZR, which ranked No. 18 among first basemen registering 800 innings in the field.
His fielding will only decline with age, rendering him to a DH role.
How much is a full-time DH—or an inept first baseman—really worth?
Not as much as teams will offer Fielder as they focus on the short term.