MLB Free Agents 2012: 5 Reasons Prince Fielder Could Sign with L.A. Dodgers

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MLB Free Agents 2012: 5 Reasons Prince Fielder Could Sign with L.A. Dodgers
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The 2011 MLB season has just about come and gone, making way for an entirely new, more intriguing juncture: free agency.

Truth be told, we've never seen such a loaded MLB free-agency class such as this year.  Many of the game's top sluggers and pitchers will become available for signing and re-signing in just a few short weeks.

Of those sluggers, is [former] Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.  The burly vegetarian was simply incredible in 2011, amassing MVP-caliber numbers at a minimal rate.  That said, many teams will be vying for Fielder's services in 2012 and beyond, and it's becoming quite clear that there is no clear-cut front-runner in the sweepstakes.

Insert the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Finishing their 2011 season at an 82-79 mark, manager Don Mattingly (despite all the speculation and hatred surrounding owner and chairman Frank McCourt) does have a talented ball club that could be just a free-agent signing away from a World Series.

Here are five reasons the Los Angeles could sign Fielder this offseason.

Alec Dopp covers the Milwaukee Brewers as a featured columnist on Bleacher Report.  Follow him on Twitter: @alecdopp, and read his blog.

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