Following the Brewers defeat in the National League Championship Series, team owner Mark Attanasio vowed that the Brewers would be “participating in the sweepstakes” for All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder, who has entered the free agent market this season after six full seasons as the Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman.
Prince Fielder has been everything that the Brewers hoped he would be when they drafted him with their first pick in the 2002 draft. Critics claimed that Fielder (mainly because of his weight) would never become an effective every-day first baseman, but Prince proved them wrong, earning two National League Silver Sluggers, three All-Star selections, five straight 30-homer seasons, and the distinction of becoming the youngest player to ever hit 50 home runs in a season.
Before Prince suited up as a Brewer, the team hadn’t had a winning season since 1992; since he entered the heart of the order, they have made the playoffs twice—something that seemed in possible when he was drafted in the middle of a 106-loss season.
At just 27 years old, Prince Fielder has done pretty much everything imaginable to secure himself a long-term, nine-figure deal. The Milwaukee Brewers, however, should thank Prince for his hard work and dedication to the team, and pursue another star this offseason: former Mets All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes. Here’s why: