MLB Free Agency: Hot News on Prince Fielder and Other Top Free Agents

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MLB Free Agency: Hot News on Prince Fielder and Other Top Free Agents
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Hard to believe that Prince Fielder is still available.

I doubt that I'm the only baseball fan that's noticed that one of the most attractive long-term free-agent candidates in recent memory is still on the open market as the calendar prepares to flip from 2011 to 2012. 

That's a bit of a surprise. 

Last season the two biggest free-agent prizes were long gone from the open market by now. 

Carl Crawford signed with the Boston Red Sox on December 8th, 2010, and Cliff Lee signed with Philadelphia one week later on the 15th.

It wasn't just last season that top talent had been snatched up by the time New Year's was on the immediate horizon. 

John Lackey ( considered "top talent" at the time)  inked his deal with Boston on December 16th, 2009. 

Prince Fielder, however, remains on the open market. He's only 27 years old and could be the rare player who signs a deal of eight to 10 years and actually produces at a high level throughout the duration of the contract. 

There are some other free-agent prizes lurking out on the market as well. 

Where will these players end up, and why? 

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