Prince Fielder to the Red Sox?: Why This Deal Should Be a No-Go

Anthony EmersonAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2009

Prince Fielder has been a world-beater during his four-season career. He hit 50 home runs in 2007 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Fielder is the son of former big leaguer Cecil Fielder.

And a few days ago, ESPN's Buster Olney boldly predicted that Fielder would be traded to the Boston Red Sox...Wait, what?

Yep. Olney predicted that a few days ago in his blog, which is censored by ESPN Insider, so you can't read it unless you subscribe to ESPN Magazine. If it was possible, I'd post a link, so you could check it out yourself.

Anyway, the deal would likely be this:

Red Sox get: Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy

Brewers get: Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden, 1-3 other prospects.

On paper, it seems like a good deal. JJ Hardy could take over permanently at shortstop. Fielder could make up for David Ortiz's slowing production.

Because of Fielder's bat, Jason Bay may not be needed and can walk, while the Red Sox could sign Carl Crawford to man left field and the lead-off spot.

Buchholz would do well in the Brewers rotation, and Bowden out of the bullpen.

But, on the field, this deal is lopsided in the Brewers' favor. The Red Sox gave up good young pitching prospects in the Victor Martinez trade, and likely wouldn't want to give up more.

JJ Hardy has been downright terrible this season (he's hitting .225 with a .296 OBP), while Buchholz has had a great year.

Trading Buchholz and Bowden would leave the Red Sox at a pitching minimum, with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Tim Wakefield (who might retire because of his back injuries), coupled with a weak pitching free agent market. Trading Bowden and Buchholz makes no sense on a depth level.

Fielder has also been known to have a short fuse. Remember a few weeks ago, when he nearly killed Guillermo Mota of the Dodgers?

So even if this trade goes through, it will ultimately mean the demise of the Red Sox.


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