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With Prince Fielder set to become a free agent, the first thing he and his agent will likely point to is the five-year, $125 million deal Philadelphia's Ryan Howard signed. In the two years before Howard signed his extension he averaged the following numbers: 46 HR, 144 RBIs, and a .906 OPS. Fielder has averaged 35 HR, 102 RBIs, and a .925 OPS each of the past two years.
The numbers are comparable – Howard has more home runs and RBIs, but Fielder walks more, hits for a higher average, and thus has a higher OPS. Fielder is also just 27 years old, whereas Howard was 30 when he signed his extension.
Fielder likely won’t return to Milwaukee, but wherever he goes, he should get a contract even greater than that of Howard.
Expected contract: seven years, $165 million