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Prince Fielder has yet to enter talks with any teams, but that doesn't mean he isn't sizing things up with his conniving agent, Scott Boras.
I guess it's possible that under-the-table dealings have been occurring unbeknownst to the general public, but at least Fielder hasn't hopped on the bandwagon that's been taking the rest of the top-tier free agents to the Miami (still doesn't quite roll off the tongue) Marlins for talks.
Whether or not Fielder is interested in the Mariners and whether or not Jack Z could actually sign him are also two very different points to consider.
I can see Fielder having some interest in Seattle. He's looking for a long, expensive contract (seven or eight years, $15-20 million a year), and we like to think that the Mariners have a bright future marked by longevity and championships.
Where Prince would play is another dilemma to consider. The M's currently have Justin Smoak, who is supposed to be the franchise first baseman, but who has yet to settle in. Prince might take over that spot, but he might resolve to DH. That would bump Mike Carp (who the Mariners really need to have in their lineup) to left. Luckily, left field is still up for grabs.
So, would, or could, Jack Z sign him? Well, there's currently a decent amount of cap room since the M's aren't really tied up in many huge contracts. And there's more cap room potentially freeing up when Ichiro leaves (yes, unfortunately, that day nears).
Additionally, a sizable chunk of the rest of the lineup is still subject to arbitration, so the Mariners are in good shape financially for the future.
Bottom line, will the Mariners' royal family grow by one this offseason? I say yes, bring on the veggies.