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.