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Career Summary
15 6853 .283 .382 .506 131 26.3
Birth Date5-9-1984
Height5' 11"
Weight275 lbs
Age35 years, 8 months, 15 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2005 MIL 21 39 62 17 4 0 2 2 17 0 0 0 .288 .306 .458 75 -1.8 -1.0 0.0 -0.2
2006 MIL 22 157 648 154 35 1 28 59 125 12 7 2 .271 .347 .483 104 6.8 -2.5 -6.4 0.5
2007 MIL 23 158 681 165 35 2 50 90 121 14 2 2 .288 .395 .618 151 46.9 -3.3 -7.2 4.3
2008 MIL 24 159 694 162 30 2 34 84 134 12 3 2 .276 .372 .507 120 18.7 -5.3 -8.8 1.2
2009 MIL 25 162 719 177 35 3 46 110 138 9 2 3 .299 .412 .602 151 46.7 -4.2 -13.1 3.7
2010 MIL 26 161 714 151 25 0 32 114 138 21 1 0 .261 .401 .471 130 25.5 -6.2 2.8 3.1
2011 MIL 27 162 692 170 36 1 38 107 106 10 1 1 .299 .415 .566 157 45.7 -3.3 0.4 5.3
2012 DET 28 162 690 182 33 1 30 85 84 17 1 0 .313 .412 .528 154 42.5 -8.0 1.5 4.5
2013 DET 29 162 712 174 36 0 25 75 117 9 1 1 .279 .362 .457 122 18.5 -5.5 -4.8 1.6
2014 TEX 30 42 178 37 8 0 3 25 24 2 0 0 .247 .360 .360 101 0.2 -1.2 -2.9 -0.2
2015 TEX 31 158 693 187 28 0 23 64 88 11 0 0 .305 .378 .463 131 27.9 -4.7 -0.6 3.1
2016 TEX 32 89 370 69 16 0 8 32 63 7 0 0 .212 .292 .334 83 -6.7 -3.0 0.5 -0.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2002 BLT A MDW 32 125 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OGD Rk PIO 41 192 .000 .000 .000 .431 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BLT A MDW 137 594 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HUN AA SOU 136 577 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIL MLB NL 39 62 .257 .320 .405 .366 102 -0.1 1.8 -0.6 75 17 0.0 -1.0 -1.8 -0.2
2005 NAS AAA PCL 103 441 .279 .348 .447 .319 91 30.1 10.7 -6.8 136 0 -5.1 -4.7 21.9 1.5
2006 MIL MLB NL 157 648 .268 .335 .436 .297 95 15.1 19.5 -12.4 104 8 -6.4 -2.5 6.8 0.5
2007 MIL MLB NL 158 681 .271 .335 .434 .283 104 44 20.2 -12.9 151 8 -7.2 -3.3 46.9 4.3
2008 MIL MLB NL 159 694 .262 .330 .421 .298 100 27.6 20.1 -12.9 120 11 -8.8 -5.3 18.7 1.2
2009 MIL MLB NL 162 719 .261 .331 .415 .315 98 62.9 20.7 -13.3 151 9 -13.1 -4.2 46.7 3.7
2010 MIL MLB NL 161 714 .260 .327 .406 .291 96 36.5 19.7 -12.6 130 10 2.8 -6.2 25.5 3.1
2011 MIL MLB NL 162 692 .260 .323 .409 .306 103 47.3 18.7 -12 157 10 0.4 -3.3 45.7 5.3
2012 DET MLB AL 162 690 .253 .319 .410 .321 105 40.6 18.9 -12.1 154 8 1.5 -8.0 42.5 4.5
2013 DET MLB AL 162 712 .257 .320 .401 .307 101 25.1 18.7 -12 122 8 -4.8 -5.5 18.5 1.6
2014 TEX MLB AL 42 178 .253 .318 .390 .274 99 -0.2 4.6 -2.9 101 10 -2.9 -1.2 0.2 -0.2
2015 TEX MLB AL 158 693 .252 .314 .403 .323 110 17.2 18.7 -12 131 9 -0.6 -4.7 27.9 3.1
2016 TEX MLB AL 89 370 .255 .317 .416 .235 112 -14.2 10.5 -6.7 83 8 0.5 -3.0 -6.7 -0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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2002 OGD Rk PIO 192 146 35 57 12 0 10 99 40 37 27 3 4 .390 .534 .678 .288 0 0
2002 BLT A MDW 125 112 15 27 7 0 3 43 11 10 27 0 0 .241 .320 .384 .143 0 0
2003 BLT A MDW 594 502 81 157 22 2 27 264 112 71 80 2 1 .313 .413 .526 .213 0 0
2004 HUN AA SOU 577 497 70 135 29 1 23 235 78 65 93 11 7 .272 .368 .473 .201 0 0
2005 MIL MLB NL 62 59 2 17 4 0 2 27 10 2 17 0 0 .288 .306 .458 .169 1 0
2005 NAS AAA PCL 441 378 68 110 21 0 28 215 86 54 93 8 5 .291 .390 .569 .278 0 0
2006 MIL MLB NL 648 569 82 154 35 1 28 275 81 59 125 7 2 .271 .347 .483 .213 8 0
2007 MIL MLB NL 681 573 109 165 35 2 50 354 119 90 121 2 2 .288 .395 .618 .330 4 0
2008 MIL MLB NL 694 588 86 162 30 2 34 298 102 84 134 3 2 .276 .372 .507 .231 10 0
2009 MIL MLB NL 719 591 103 177 35 3 46 356 141 110 138 2 3 .299 .412 .602 .303 9 0
2010 MIL MLB NL 714 578 94 151 25 0 32 272 83 114 138 1 0 .261 .401 .471 .209 1 0
2011 MIL MLB NL 692 569 95 170 36 1 38 322 120 107 106 1 1 .299 .415 .566 .267 6 0
2012 DET MLB AL 690 581 83 182 33 1 30 307 108 85 84 1 0 .313 .412 .528 .215 7 0
2013 DET MLB AL 712 624 82 174 36 0 25 285 106 75 117 1 1 .279 .362 .457 .178 4 0
2014 TEX MLB AL 178 150 19 37 8 0 3 54 16 25 24 0 0 .247 .360 .360 .113 1
2015 TEX MLB AL 693 613 78 187 28 0 23 284 98 64 88 0 0 .305 .378 .463 .158 5 0
2016 TEX MLB AL 370 326 29 69 16 0 8 109 44 32 63 0 0 .212 .292 .334 .123 5 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2505 0.4387 0.4651 0.7545 0.6697 0.3051 0.8465 0.5967 0.2455 -0.0087
2009 2700 0.4563 0.4411 0.7582 0.6250 0.2868 0.8390 0.6105 0.2418 -0.0135
2010 2702 0.4382 0.4330 0.7513 0.6191 0.2879 0.8472 0.5904 0.2487 -0.0085
2011 2508 0.4470 0.4402 0.7880 0.6253 0.2906 0.8873 0.6154 0.2120 0.0017
2012 2487 0.4596 0.4403 0.7991 0.6290 0.2798 0.8748 0.6543 0.2009 -0.0007
2013 2596 0.4576 0.4515 0.7739 0.6313 0.2997 0.8640 0.6137 0.2261 -0.0085
2014 576 0.4705 0.4462 0.7938 0.5904 0.3180 0.8875 0.6392 0.2062 -0.0113
2015 2419 0.4580 0.4895 0.7948 0.6597 0.3455 0.9056 0.6159 0.2052 -0.0085
2016 1370 0.4474 0.4504 0.7520 0.6052 0.3250 0.8787 0.5610 0.2480 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-17 2014-09-29 60-DL 135 120 - Neck Surgery Fusion Surgery for C5-C6 Herniated Disc 2014-05-27 -
2011-03-21 2011-03-25 Camp 4 0 General Medical Illness Sinus Infection -
2010-09-13 2010-09-14 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness Flu -
2010-08-19 2010-08-19 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness -
2010-04-21 2010-04-21 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Soreness -
2008-03-29 2008-03-31 Camp 2 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-09-30 2007-10-01 DTD 1 1 Right Soreness From Sliding -
2007-03-02 2007-03-08 Camp 6 0 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2006-05-08 2006-05-10 DTD 2 1 Groin Tightness -
2006-03-04 2006-03-08 Camp 4 0 Right Elbow Strain -


Year Team Salary
2020 ins $9,000,000
2020 TEX $9,000,000
2020 DET $6,000,000
2019 ins $9,000,000
2019 TEX $9,000,000
2019 DET $6,000,000
2018 TEX $9,000,000
2018 ins $9,000,000
2018 DET $6,000,000
2017 TEX $9,000,000
2017 ins $9,000,000
2017 DET $6,000,000
2016 DET $6,000,000
2016 TEX $18,000,000
2015 TEX $24,000,000
2014 TEX $24,000,000
2013 DET $23,000,000
2012 DET $23,000,000
2011 MIL $15,500,000
2010 MIL $11,000,000
2009 MIL $7,000,000
2008 MIL $670,000
2007 MIL $415,000
2006 MIL $329,500
14 yrPrevious$224,914,500
15 yrPvs + Cur$248,914,500
15 yrTotal$248,914,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 68 dBoras Corp.9 years/$214M (2012-20)

  • 9 years/$214M (2012-20). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 1/25/12. 12:$23M, 13:$23M, 14-20:$24M annually. Award bonuses: $50,000 for All-Star selection. $0.1M each for All-Star election, Baseball American or Sporting News post-season All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award. $0.15M for LCS MVP. $0.2M for WS MVP. $0.5M for MVP ($0.2M for 2nd-5th in vote, $0.1M for 6th-10th in vote). $1M for second or any subsequent MVP awards. Perks: Hotel suite on road. Limited no-trade clause: may block deals to all but 10 clubs through 2016 season, when Fielder earns 10-and-5 rights. Acquired by Texas in trade from Detroit 11/20/13, with Tigers paying $30M in 2016-20 to Rangers in the deal. Fielder will remain on disabled list after 8/16 neck surgery. Insurance policy will cover $9M annually of Fielder's remaining salaries, with Texas responsible for $9M each year and Detroit responsible for $6M each year through 2020. Released by Texas 10/4/17, with insurance carrier waiving requirement Fielder remain on roster and Rangers agreeing to accept a re-worked payment schedule, reducing the present-day value of the insurance policy.
  • 1 year/$15.5M (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for All-Star election, Silver Slugger. $0.1M for 3rd in 2011 MVP vote.
  • 2 years/$18M (2009-10). Signed extension with Milwaukee 1/23/09. $1M signing bonus. 09:$6.5M, 10:$10.5M. Performance bonus: $0.5M for 500 PAs.
  • 1 year/$0.67M (2008). Renewed by Milwaukee 3/2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2007). Renewed by Milwaukee 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3295M (2006). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 6/05. Optioned to Triple-A 7/05. Recalled 8/05.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2002 (1-7) (Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne, Fla.). $2.4M signing bonus.

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2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that Prince Fielder will make a come back since his season last year was shortened due to his injury? Is he healed completely now because he had neck surgery? Or is it possible that something will happen with that again if he goes too hard.
(Ron from New York )
I feel like this question is from the past, not the future for once. (George Bissell)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rank who you would be most likely to sell high on AL only 5x5 OPB but need pitching help, factoring in return value and ROS value if you dont trade Sal Perez, Prince Fielder, Moustakas, Teixeira
(JP from Tx)
Yo, nice name. I'd sell high on Teixeira and Moustakas first and foremost, in that order. Fielder is a must-keep unless your return is a top-five pitcher. Perez won't bring back enough to offset his ROS value. (J.P. Breen)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Did you get a look at Prince Fielder? What should Rangers fans expect over the next few years?
(Bob from Dallas)
I did see Prince and he was moving really well. He looked healthy. If Prince is engaged, which it seemed like he was, I don't see any reason why he wouldn't put up the type of numbers that he did in Detroit going forward. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you do with Cliff Lee in keeper leagues? He is too good not to keep and too risky to get fair value.
(Ruben from PA)
He's in the same boat as Prince Fielder at the moment. Your options are to to take pennies on the dollar and hope he's done or to hold on to him and hope he shows signs of life come next season. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig, thanks for answering our questions. Dynasty league trade question. Prince Fielder for Lance Lynn. Who needs to add or is it pretty even?
(Henry from TX)
I think that's fine. A lot more stability in Lynn but a much higher payoff for Fielder if he can return to something close to his old self. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)How many Jose Altuves do you think you could fit inside of a Prince Fielder??
(Connor from Baltimore)
Probably none. Statistically it would work, but the logistics of it all wouldn't be worth it for the Astros or the Rangers. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-07-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Prince Fielder will ever be the same dominant power hitter again? Neck injuries are scary!
(Graham from Richmond, VA)
No, but didn't totally think he would be anyway. I bet he makes one more All-Star game and has one more season w/ down ballot MVP votes. (Sam Miller)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Beltre signed through '15 (option in '16) what does the Joey Gallo timeline look like? Do the Rangers move him to 1B next year with Prince going to DH or put him in a COF spot?
(ryan from colorado)
Well, the Rangers did just begin giving Gallo time at first base in Double-A, so we may be looking at the first hint that his timetable has accelerated enough that they are looking at other options. With the questions surrounding Prince Fielder going forward, it may be easiest to slide him into first base in the short term. I wouldn't rule out his arrival around mid-season next year. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff, I'm batting well over .300 and popping HR whenever I feel like it. Why would you think the Rook Oscar will be better than the might Matt? He hasn't impressed so far.
(Matt Adams from St. Louis)
Are we talking right now or long-term? Adams is clearly the better hitter right now, but it's not like Oscar Taveras doesn't have a track record of being the best hitter in the minor leagues or anything. Since when did Cardinals fans decide to turn on top prospects so quickly? I thought you were supposed to be the best fans in baseball? This is a very Cubs thing to do.

I like Matt Adams for what he is. He's a very good hitter, but he offers no defensive or base running value. He's also a big-bodied hitter, and we know those don't age well. The history is not kind for big hitters as they enter their 30's. Look at Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, etc. The list goes on and on. He's got plenty of time before that, but if we're looking at the long-term picture, it's not close between the 22-year-old outfielder with a 7 hit tool and a strong minor league track record and the slow-footed first baseman who is probably enjoying his career year and has maybe 3 years of his prime left in front of him.

Also, has anyone noticed that Matt Adams has 9 walks this season? 9!?! That's less than Adam Jones! If he isn't hitting .330 he's making a TON of outs. Regression is going to be rough in St. Louis. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)What is Prince Fielder's value going forward? I own him in a dynasty league where we use actual player salaries as cap hit, so he is one of the most expensive players in the league. I have Belt as another option, but I am so up against the cap, Fielder's salary is preventing me from really having a strong bench.
(maxpowers from chicago)
I'd keep him in a standard dynasty, but if his salary is attached and you don't end up penalized for dropping him, it's time to say goodbye. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Bret- rounding the quarter pole here who are some of your buy low targets or guys who have started pretty slow that you fully expect to rebound? Thanks
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
I have a trio of first basemen that I'm targeting, who have had various levels of struggles this year. Eric Hosmer has been hitting for average, but I still believe the power is coming--maybe his owner is losing faith. Prince Fielder has been in a funk, but I don't think he's done. And Allen Craig is too good of a hitter to continue like this, as long as he's healthy. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Which underperforming stud hitters won't turn it around out of Adam Jones, Reyes, Fielder? Going down a tier, how about Sandoval, Santana, Granderson, Jeter?
(dangor from New York)
Of those three, I think Prince Fielder is least likely to turn it around. He'll get better, it's just that 2013 might be the new normal and in fact the new normal might be even lower than that. In the next "tier", Jeter is the guy who I'd worry about the most. His bat looks really slow and he turns 40 this year. He might have trouble slugging .330. I hope I'm wrong, because I'd love to see the captain go out on a high note, but it doesn't look pretty. (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Miguel Cabrera's defense at 1B really as bad as reputed? If so, I'm surprised. Players who field 3B poorly have a long history of moving to first and becoming Gold Glove defenders. Pujols of course, and before him there were George Scott and Steve Garvey.
(Rex Little from Big Bear CA)
Cabrera isn't great there, but he seems to be an improvement over Prince Fielder. Keep in mind he's not your typical conversion, either. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm basically Matt Stairs, right?
(Dan Vogelbach from Mashville)
What if you are Prince Fielder with a little less game power? (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Prince Fielder worth keeping at $38 this year?
(Adrian from Miami)
I don't think so, 1B is deep enough to get better value and spend the money elsewhere. He'd have to put up 38 dollars worth of stats which is tough to do. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you're Rougned Odor, do you have to be thinking 'I'm gonna have to kill either Profar or Andrus in a year or two in order to crack the Ranger's lineup?'
(Paul from DC)
Murder seems unnecessary. I'd go with the eye drops in the wine glass that Sak used in Wedding Crashers. These things work themselves out though. A few months ago we didn't know where Jurickson Profar was going to play until the Rangers turned that problem into Prince Fielder. (Jeff Moore)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hola. In a 10 team 5x5 with OPS instead of AVG and starting 5 OF, CI, MI, and 1 UTIL, plus 9 P (can be SP or RP). I am leaning toward the following 5 keepers at the cost of the round in (): Fielder (1), Votto (2), Craig (6), Choo (9), Dunn (21). My other options are Beltre (2), Stanton (2), Kinsler (3), Perkins (19) and Uehara (23). Did I choose the right 5? If you keep 2 players from the same round (e.g. Beltre and Votto), it costs that round and the preceding round (e.g. 1st and 2nd). So I couldn't keep 2 2nd's and a 1st. In other words, I can only choose 2 of the 4 from Fielder, Votto, Beltre and Stanton. Stanton's injuries and Beltre's age concern me and I'm loathe to keep closers. Muchas gracias!
(Miguel from Venezuela)
Hola Miguel.

The move to Texas obviously helps Prince Fielder a great deal, but I'm not convinced that it provides a complete panacea for his woes at the plate last year. Fielder was a mechanical mess last year, and while I'm sure the Rangers know this and will work on it, he isn't a sure thing. Given the differences in position, I might keep Adrian Beltre over Fielder. It might sound crazy, but Beltre has been an elite third baseman the last couple of years. His age worries me a little bit, but Fielder's off year combined with his physique worries me a little bit as well. Yes, I know Fielder hasn't been hurt and plays a lot but I'm not convinced this trend can last indefinitely.

I might consider Koji Uehara over Adam Dunn, but in an OBP league Dunn in that slot is probably worth it. I am wary of Dunn's age and that any decline in bat speed in 2014 would impact Dunn a lot. He'll be 34 next year, which doesn't sound old but isn't a great age for a hitter of Dunn's profile. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, thoughts on Prince Fielder going forward...any improvement over 2013 (post-divorce) or similar or declining offensive performance? Thanks.
(Prince George from Danbury, CT)
It wouldn't surprise me if the divorce had something to do with Fielder's down year, but it is one of those things that is so difficult to measure. Frank Thomas had a down year once due to a divorce, but other players have actually improved in year when their marriages were breaking up. It's entirely possible that Fielder's size could lead to an earlier decline than in a more svelte player; I'm thinking of someone like Mo Vaughn who crashed and burned earlier than a slimmer 1B. Then again, it could have just been a down year. Fielder was still well above average. He didn't completely crater, but rather slipped somewhat. I think you have to draft him off of last year, but a bounce back to some degree at least would not be surprising. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)would you trade Prince for Edwin in a keeper league?
(Koalas from NY)
Sure. Edwin Encarnacion is only a year older than Prince Fielder and has been terrific with the bat for two years running. Even if Fielder bounces back next year, they're comparable, and much of the advantage of Fielder - the certainty - has slipped away this year. In leagues with moderate in-season games played requirements, Encarnacion could also wind up slotting in at 3B at some point in 2014 as well. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, The basics: keeper league, keep 8 players forever. I tanked last year for picks and now have a great team. Got a trade offer: my Prince Fielder for his Adrian Gonzalez and David Wright. I would be replacing Nick Markakis in my utility slot. Additionally, I could ship off David Wright because I have Adrian Beltre currently at 3rd to get another player. Should I take the deal or keep Prince knowing that I have the best keeper there and will probably be fine without the other two? Thanks!
(Joe from Seattle)
Hey Joe.

I like Prince a lot but think that this is a terrific trade for you. You didn't mention what format you play, but Wright isn't that much worse than Fielder and you're getting Gonzalez instead of Markakis which I view as an upgrade. Make the deal. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is Prince's best tool? Not Prince Fielder. Prince.
(Brian from LA)
He's a remarkable musician, but his best tool is his sexual affect. He has a sexual presence that can't be measured. He's like 4'11'' and he dresses like a costume pirate at a NAMBLA convention, but he drives both men and women crazy. It's a gift. Also, check out the YouTube video of Prince playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the Rock n Roll HOF. I've never heard anything quite like it. It's the best guitar performance I've ever heard. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)I was offered Prince Fielder and Andrelton Simmons for Matt Kemp. Should I accept?
(Antonio from Teaneck, NJ)
Most people in this world are trying to take advantage of you. Never give an inch. (Sam Miller)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like more this year - Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder or Matt Kemp?
(amazin_mess from NY)
Kemp, Beltre, Fielder. This obviously is predicated on Kemp's health. Fielder might be slightly ahead of Beltre without positional concerns, but the fact that Beltre's at third puts him slightly ahead. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the role of nature vs. nurture in determining a ball player's defensive position? Is it 90% range / arm / size / quickness, or can a kid who logs hundreds of travel games in HS learn to be "a natural" at a different position?
(Daniel from DC)
I think it's 90 percent range/arm/size/quickness. It's a good question, a really good question that the players themselves might have some insight on. But remember, almost all these guys were shortstops logging hundreds of travel games in HS, and only a select few stick at the position on their way up. Prince Fielder probably logged hundreds of travel games in HS as a shortstop. (Sam Miller)
2012-11-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)If there was a vegan equivalent of the "Steal a Taco promotion" what foodstuff would it be, what event would have to occur to make it happen, and what player would have fulfilled America's not-LocoTaco dream?
(Mike from Miami)
I suppose it would have to be Prince Fielder, right? As a former vegetarian, he's the closest thing in the big leagues to a vegan.

So I think that Prince would have to bunt for a base hit against the shift, and then everyone in America would get a shot of wheat grass juice. (Ian Miller)
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it likely that a Royal will be chosen for the HR derby this season being it's being played in Kansas City? If so, you would be the best option for Cano, Butler, Moustakas or Hosmer?
(igoinsane67 from work)
Are they doing the "team captain" thing they did last year? As big of a Prince Fielder fan as I am, I was really disappointed when he gave Rickie Weeks a spot on the roster instead of hometown hero (and very deserving) Justin Upton.

My guess is that whoever is in charge makes sure that a Royal is on the team. I would really want it to be Billy Butler. I just love watching him hit (and trot!). (Larry Granillo)
2012-05-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Prince Fielder's BB-rate is way down.....he is swinging at a ton of junk out of the zone. Is it simply an AL-adjustment phase? Or is there a larger issue?
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I think that this is an under-appreciated aspect of the transition to a different league, particularly for veteran players who do their homework. Mainstream analysis tends to neglect the levels of research and preparation that the best players put into their jobs, given that the details are left behind the closed doors of a video room. This is also true for pitcher preparation, though pitchers have their batterymates to lean on

On the jukebox: Jimi Hendrix, "Pali Gap" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)What players, when watching them, make you say, "Whoah!"
(One from Basement)
This is possibly the best trolling question in the entire queue. (It's "whoa," for those wondering. The submitter knows this.)

I'll go a different way with this and say Prince Fielder. Between the swings and the fact that he is somehow not a horrifically bad athlete despite his size, he's pretty amazing. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Matt Adams comp favorably to Prince Fielder (bat, power, body)?
(Donovan from St. Pete's)
No. He has a good bat with some pop. He doesn't have Fielder power; he isn't going to hit 50 bombs at the major league level. He's just a guy with some power who might hit enough to be a major league regular. Fielder is one of the best power bats in baseball. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Miguel Cabrera will play first base as well as 3rd during the 201 season or will he just stay at the "hot corner"?
(caseyj15 from Medford, Oregon)
Even if the third base experiment takes to the point that Miggy can play regularly there, I imagine he will see some time at first base while Prince Fielder serves as DH. Particularly if a groundball pitcher such as Porcello or Fister is on the mound, it makes sense for the team to limit the defensive exposure of the big boys. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let me ask it differently: Is there anyone that comes to mind whose power you'd put in the same class as Hamilton, Stanton and Harper? I've seen Hamilton and Stanton put balls over the fence they didn't come close to hitting squarely, and I assume Harper's the same way. Anyone else?
(eliyahu from DC)
Prince Fielder has crazy power. Albert Pujols has crazy power. Nelson Cruz and Joey Bats both have tons of power. Lots of guys have power, but the three guys you mentioned (Harper, Hamilton, Stanton), stand out for me with the utter damage they can do to a baseball. (Jason Parks)
2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see as the outcome of the V-Mart injury? Sign a bigtime FA DH, more AB's for internal solutions such as Raburn, trade, other??
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I'm not sure how many free agent DH/1B types still on the market qualify as "big-time" (aside from Prince Fielder, of course), but I could certainly see the Tigers adding someone like Carlos Pena. The problem with losing a player to injury (other than, you know, not having him) is that you still have to pay him.

V-Mart's injury just goes to show that conditioning can be dangerous. As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, maybe players who don't exercise are the new inefficiency.--Ben (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's with the holdout by Boras and Prince Fielder. Where's the big man going to sign?
(yankeesbg13 from Indianapolis)
There's just no market for him... at least the kind he wants. Just about every big market team either already has a good/expensive first baseman or is rebuilding. You run down the list: Yanks-Teixeira, Red Sox-A-Gon, Angels-Pujols, Phillies-Howard, etc. It seems he could easily get a two or three year deal from a team like the Cubs with a high average annual value, but he wants a long-term deal with a slightly lower AAV. If the Rangers don't sign Darvish-which seems unlikely-then Fielder likely goes to Texas. Otherwise, I have a hard time seeing anyone who's going to give him the kind of deal he wants, so he may wind up signing a short-term deal with a team like the Nats, Cubs, or Mariners. The Nats say that they're set at first base, but I'm sure they're seeing all of this too, so it could easily just be a ploy so that they don't have to give him more than three or four years-just enough to beat a team like the Cubs or M's. If Boras manages to pull off a long-term deal here, he'll deserve serious props. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a chance that by waiting for Texas to sign Yu Darvish, Scott Boras is losing the momentum that had us all sure Prince Fielder would join the Nationals? He certainly got many of us Nats fans excited and ready, but as we wait, there has been more time for reflection that perhaps can contend a little later but longer without him. If Texas drops out, doesn't he lose most of his leverage, as well? +1/2St.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
It seems that no one is offering the kind of deal Fielder wants right now, even if Boras is trying to use the Rangers as leverage ("if they don't sign Darvish, they're getting Fielder guys!"), so his best route may just be to let Darvish play out. If Darvish doesn't sign, then there's another team in the Fielder bidding. If he does, well, then Texas might at least make a modest offer, but worst case is that he's basically where he is now. As far as Washington potentially backing out, it's certainly possible (they do have LaRoche), but as I said in a previous response, I think it could just be posturing. For the kind of deal Fielder seems likely to have to settle for, I imagine Washington would still make a competitive bid. Of course, I'm not a beat writer, but that's the impression I get. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Greetings Steven! Best contract in baseball right now (from team perspective): Price, Longoria, other? Worst contract: Wells, Howard, Dunn, Zito, A-Rod, other?
(dianagram from NYC)
The worst may very well be Prince Fielder, at least in the long term, but he and Cabrera will be fun to watch together in the short term. Wells' is an evergreen for bad, and A-Rod's already looks problematic given his recent injury history... Longoria's contract is very favorable to the Rays, but he knew he was trading upside for security.

I hope you guys enjoyed today's article on team "strings" and the music of 1987, and also checked out the announcement of Extra Innings, the Baseball Between the Numbers sequel (sorry you didn't like the cover, D--I wanted to do the phrenologist idea for awhile). (Steven Goldman)
2012-01-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that Detroit has blown a gigantic wad on Prince Fielder, are they going to rely on Jacob Turner as their 5th starter? I don't see anyone else decent who is around to back him up. . . And, if Cabrera is really going to play 3B and Raburn 2B, who will DH? Is Andy Dirks a leading LF option with Delmon Young DHing?
(hotstatrat from Daydreamland)
They'll fall back on Adam Wilk or Duane Below if Turner isn't ready right off... Dirks should get a lot of time in left field, assuming Leyland doesn't develop an unhealthy Clete Thomas fixation. (Steven Goldman)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, I get my season ticket invoice in the mail and it's up 4% or so. My favortie team let aramis ramirez and carlos pena go, and have signed david dejesus and trade for ian stewart. No Yu Darvish. No Albert Pujols. Prince Fielder is a pipe dream. Is there any reason I should pay near the highest ticket prices in baseball for a team that's obviously going to be just better than astros awful in 2012?
(Look Like I'm 3k Richer from Chicago)
No, unless you like going to baseball parks and watching baseball. Terrible baseball. (Sam Miller)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Percentage that Prince Fielder goes to the Rangers
(Hideo Takamini from Krum)
30% (Jason Parks)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Hoyer doing this year in Chicago what he did last year in San Diego with the Hudson and Barlett moves? Make solid, if unspectacular moves to at least make the team watchable, rather then go all in on a Prince Fielder?
(Peter7899 from Coeur d'Alene)
I think they have a lot of things to fix and they can't do it all at once. I can see them targeting Fielder, but one player isn't going to fix the mess. They need to make several smart moves in the coming years. This is going to take some time. (Jason Parks)
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Nationals keep their plans close to the vest, and so the rumors have them attached to every player out there. Who do you think the Nats should get, and who do you think they will get next week? +1/2St
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
I think that it's a good thing for the organization's perception that they're connected to so many big free agent names - the Werth signing hasn't worked out, but at least a player can believe the Nats will open the purse strings again, unlike with Florida, where they just appear to want to get their name in the papers without any intention of consummating a deal.

I think Prince Fielder's a better fit in Washington than he is in Chicago, actually - if they can figure out a way to make that work, that lineup starts to look scary. I'm not exactly sure what they do about pitching, as it's a rough winter for starters, but adding a Buehrle wouldn't hurt them. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the most probable destinations for Prince Fielder? Are Washington and Toronto viable options?
(Rich from Lisle, IL)
They are, as is Texas and other teams. I would worry about signing him long term, though. He's the kind of player who tends not to age gracefully. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)what role do you see Mat Gamel having next year? could he take over for Prince Fielder if he leaves next year?
(gerrybraun from SD)
He could, but it wouldn't be all sunshine and roses. (Jason Parks)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were a GM, would you be willing to give Prince Fielder a 7 year contract?
(Laura from New York)
Nope. But I'm glad I'm not a GM, because his bat would be tempting to overpay for. (Jason Parks)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)I would hate to see Prince leave Milwaukee and, even as a Cubs fan, I do not want to see the Cubs sign him because it is another reminder of their need to cherry pick and overspend on FA's to make up for their inability to develop from within. For me, there is a lot to like about a guy staying with the team that drafted and developed him, and Milwaukee has done a great job of building its team organically. I know there are economic challenges for the Brewers in signing Prince, but what do you feel the odds are that he stays, even if it means giving them a hometown discount?
(MJ from Work)
I'd say they're pretty low, but we might have to wait for the Pujols saga to conclude before we get any closure with Prince. And hey, Mat Gamel is every bit as exciting as Prince Fielder, right? (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any reasonable chance the Brewers bring Prince Fielder back? Considering what he's likely to demand, do you want them to?
(Bill_TPA from your mom's basement)
I want to believe it's possible, but I don't think it really is. Plus, considering the Brewers payroll limits, it's not going to be very wise. Prince may have to wait until Pujols makes his decision, but there's going to be someone willing to pay him a healthy chunk of change (if he's smart enough to take it). (Larry Granillo)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the biggest trade target come July?
(Vinnie from Miami)
Prince Fielder in name and girth. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Regular 5x5, but added hitter doubles, triples, and strikeouts (so 8x5). I need to keep 2 out of 4 of Mauer, ARod, Prince Fielder, and Lincecum. Already keeping Pujols and Carlos Gonzalez FWIW. Thoughts?
(tribe24 from Cbus)
The format favors power hitters so Lincecum has to go; I'd keep Mauer and A-Rod since you already have a pretty good 1B. That's not to say you can't or shouldn't keep TWO good 1B's, but there are other excellent options available so that makes it easier to let go of Prince. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)*If* Pujols does leave, what would your plan for the Cardinals be?
(Jacob from Springfield)
1). Don't sign Prince Fielder
2). Arsenic pill (Marc Normandin)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jon Singleton--does he have a chance to be a decent OF? Seems like if his bat turns out as projected it'll play anywhere, but is he athletic enough to play a passable LF? Seems like if Pat Burrell and Raul Ibanez could man LF in CBP, so could this guy, right?
(Chuck from Philly)
Right. Left field really isn't that hard. I mean you wouldn't want Prince Fielder out there, but there are plenty of guys who can be 40 outfielders in left. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Prince Fielder to the Rangers? Makes sense to me, they definitely have the prospects to get it done.
(The Dude from SF)
Seems like a good fit to me, too. I doubt it will take all that many prospects because he only has one year left til FA and he isn't cheap. I'm guessing he'll be an easy Type A, and that expectation will help his trade value, but it's not going to require as much as it would have if the Brewers had traded him earlier. I do think that a solid power hitting 1B could do a lot for the Rangers right now, and I'm sure it would be the kind of splash that would fuel season ticket purchases even further than the pennant already has. (Matt Swartz)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can the Brewers reasonably expect to get for Prince Fielder?
(asstarr1 from Madison)
This, hyperbole aside, might be the most interesting off-season area to follow. Fielder has a body type that doesn't age well, is seeking a ton of money and a lot of years, and very clearly won't continue to play for the Brewers. And yet, to acquire Fielder and earn the right to pay him a metric &^&*-ton over a period of time in which he might not be healthy given his frame, they will have to surrender a lot of their minor league talent? Something is going to have to give here. There will not a happy solution for all parties involved. Either Fielder is going to have to accept a lesser deal with his new team -- or even with the Brewers -- or the Brewers are going to have to realize that Fielder's actual value is much lower than his perceived value. (Eric Seidman)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you hear is the market for Prince Fielder this offseason? And do you see the Brewers settling for what the market is, or holding on to him and taking the draft picks?
(JWT from MKE)
Fielder is supposedly the Red Sox' Plan B if they don't get Crawford or Werth. I don't think there will be as much interest in Fielder as one might think because of two reasons. One, he would be a one-year rental with no chance of signing an extension since he wants to test the free agent market in the 2011-12. Second, he isn't the easiest guy in the world to get along with. (John Perrotto)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)You are the GM of the Brewers, obviously you need pitching to go behind Gallardo and Wolf (who hasn't been bad the second half)...Who do you get? And I don't think you can get much for Fielder (may be 1 starter)...what do you do...Trade Gamel and Lawrie for more? Keep Fielder and just halfway upgrade? Trade Corey Hart?
(JT from MKE)
I would rather trade Prince Fielder at this point. In the years when his power isn't all-world, his lack of defense cuts into his value big time. The optimism of the offseason will cause someone to give up what the Brewers need if they want to shop him, much more so than during the regular season when they were listening to teams.

Chris Narveson has looked pretty good as of late, though I'm not sure how sustainable it is. Getting Manny Parra out of the rotation is probably for the best. They may want to go for some league average guys who can strike out some batters, because that defense still isn't any good. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please fill in the blank. This is the best NL Rookie Class since ________ (blank). Thanks! Bobby
(Bobby from New York)
Are we going strictly by league? Because the 2007 class had Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Dustin Pedroia and Josh Hamilton among hitters, Tim Lincecum and Joakim Soria among pitchers. 2006 had Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman, Andre Ethier, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Liriano, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Josh Johnson, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon (who used to not suck), Jonathan Broxton (ditto)...

There's a lot to be excited about with this year's rookie class (Posey, Heyward, Santana, Stanton) but I'm in no rush to appoint them the best class of the past five years until I see much more. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are you "buying" for 2011 based on disappointing 2010s? Lincecum, Braun, Prince, Mauer... Obviously, "disappointing" is relative.
(adfeit from NY)
Lincecum has some oddities going on--high BABIP against, which is a point in his favor, but he's also faced some of the weakest lineups in the league via quality of opponent OPS, and has allowed an OPS a few points above that. So I can see him being the same next year, which is still pretty great, but people shouldn't be drafting him in the first round (not that they should have been this year either, he does pitch).

Braun's big issue is production against lefties--given he's right-handed, I don't see that lasting. I'll take a deeper look at some point, but that's the kind of "anything can happen in 129 at-bats) answer.

Mauer has already redeemed himself. He's hitting .329/.406/.482 now. Expecting him to hit anywhere near 28 homers again was a dream--Mauer reminds me a lot of Wade Boggs, who also had one big homer season, but was mostly a doubles/OBP guy with a high batting average.

Prince Fielder sure is up and down with his ISO, huh? .213, .330, .231, .303, .211 in his last five seasons. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)After a loathsome couple of years, Corey Hart's power bounces back and the Brewers sign him to a three-year deal. Smart move for Milwaukee, or too soon to be sure Hart's resurgence is sustainable?
(EG from A Remote, Undesirable Villa)
It's a smart move if the Brewers are thinking in terms of peddling Hart while his value is high, so that they don't pay the back end of the deal. It might also be a smart move if they're anticipating moving Hart to first base after Prince Fielder waddles elsewhere. It makes for an interesting position as far as being able to move one or the other, and seeing which better matches a swap partner's needs--three years of Hart, or a year with Prince. As long as the Brewers are willing to entertain offers for both and trade one, they'll be in a position to open up a slot in the outfield for Weeks. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, did you catch big Prince trying to knockout the Buc catcher last night? cheap shot, or a legit move?
(sweet lou from Pitt)
I didn't see it - haven't found a clip yet; anyone? - but as Joe Sheehan has pointed out eleventy-bajillion times, when a catcher blocks the plate without the ball, it's an interference call which should be enforced. If somebody got in Prince Fielder's way without the ball, jeebus cripes, that's their funeral. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Prince Fielder being traded a foregone conclusion? Where do you see him going?
(kddean from Chicago)
I think so. If not this year, next year for sure. As much as Mark Attanasio has been willing to spend to make the Brewers competitive, I just think the price tag will go too high on Prince. The Brewers are also at a point where they have to seriously start deciding if their window for contending has shut and they need to at least retool if not rebuild. (John Perrotto)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)may be a better question for fantasy guys/ i was just offered Ryan Howard for Prince Fielder. Shoul.d I do it?
(keentower from MA)
I wouldn't, but then again, I predicted Jay Bruce to win this year's NL MVP, so I might not be the right person to ask. (David Laurila)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Brewers lock up Prince Fielder to a long-term extension? Should they? "Old player skills" or not, I think the guy can destroy NL Central pitching for another good 5-6 years...
(Cpt. Clarence Oveur from Do you like movies about gladiators?)
I'd be worried about his body type more than his skills, since the typical formulation of old player skills requires a low batting average. The answer ALWAYS depends on the price. If the price is right, go nuts. If not, I'd pass. That's another cop out, isn't it? If they could get something along the lines of Ryan Howard's deal (3/$54), it'd be a great deal. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Brewers lock up Prince Fielder to a long-term extension? Should they? "Old player skills" or not, I think the guy can destroy NL Central pitching for another good 5-6 years...
(Cpt. Clarence Oveur from Do you like movies about gladiators?)
I'd be worried about his body type more than his skills, since the typical formulation of old player skills requires a low batting average. The answer ALWAYS depends on the price. If the price is right, go nuts. If not, I'd pass. That's another cop out, isn't it? If they could get something along the lines of Ryan Howard's deal (3/$54), it'd be a great deal.

The real question is whether Fielder has ever seen the inside of a Turkish prison. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Got my 2010 BP and I havent come up for yet. Interestingly after looking at all the 2010 projections, it appears that Prince Fielder should be the #1 overall pick. Putting aside position scarcity for this moment, Prince's projected stats blow everyone away, even Sir Albert
(ehrose from New York)
At least it's not Matt Wieters, right? In all seriousness, sometimes PECOTA surprises even us, and then it's a question of trying to work backwards and see what provoked that projection. I leave that explanation to Clay Davenport, though the comparables and Fielder's age certainly provide a big hint. Given how good Prince was in 2007 and 2009, I don't think PECOTA is going out on a huge limb. (Steven Goldman)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can't find a site to let me view stats from two specific dates. I'm curious how Garrett Jones' production since his first game this season compare to the rest of MLB. He has to be top 10 in homers.
(Dorn from DC)
He is. He came up on July 1 and since then Derek Lee has hit 24, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, and Mark Reynolds have hit 23, and Jones has hit 21. What might surprise you is who is right behind him -- David Ortiz with 20. I wouldn't get too excited by Jones, though. This really seems like a Kevin Maas thing to me. (Steven Goldman)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, can you offer your take on two NL outfielders, Raul Ibanez and Garrett Jones? Both had surprising performances this year. Ibanez has been AWFUL in the second half. Maybe he's injured? Garrett Jones just hasn't let up. When the clock strikes 12, will he be a pumpkin again? Or is he here to stay (sort of a Ryan Ludwick type late-bloomer)? Thanks!
(Sharky from The Deep End)
Re: Ibanez, I'm reminded of one old Strat opponent who always liked to mildly observe, "it all evens out in the end." I never really bought into that (Willingham's season is going to look insanely great relative to the rest of his career no matter what, for example), but it certainly seems that somebody's applied a leveller of some sort. Jones might be a latter-day Paul Sorrento of sorts, in that he's always had employable power, and simply needed the opportunity; Jones has helped himself by being employable enough in an outfield corner, but first base is really the position he'll wind up at, sort of the same way Sorrento had to diversify. That's the nature of first base, if you're not someone like Pujols (superstar moving from another position) or Prince Fielder (drafter to be a superstar), you need to make a great impression with what opportunities you do get. Witness what's happened to Daric Barton, or how long it took Carlos Pena to finally stick; if you blow an opportunity, competition for playing time at first base is *fierce*. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Prince Fielder vs Guillermo Mota... 12 rounds, must be a winner... WHO YA GOT????
(strupp from Madison)
Are they boxing? Mixed martial arts? Cage match? I demand a cage match. Ladder match in a cage! (Marc Normandin)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)C'mon, Prince Fielder got winded just reading your question. All Mota has to do is circle him for a couple of minutes and go for the kill when Fielder reaches for his inhaler.
(Randy from Ann Arbor, MI)
That's why the cage match works. Fielder can sit in a corner and then just powerbomb Mota, and Mota can't sneak up from behind. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Just got a tweet that Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder would like to have a word with you regarding your comments about the Cubs. Why is it more likely that they and their buddies will crater than that the Cubs will continuing being what they've been?
(Bill from New Mexico)
In my opinion, the Cardinals need every single start from Chris Carpenter from here on out to have a fighting chance at the playoffs. And as far as the Brewers go, I mentioned earlier that acquiring a top-tier pitcher might actually put them ahead of the Cubs. But I get a bit wary when I see that four of their five rotation spots are filled by the underachieving Dave Bush, back-end extraordinaire Braden Looper, the disappointing Manny Parra, and the hang-it-up-already Jeff Suppan. (Eric Seidman)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)You're Theo. How do you make this team better? Assume that all of the non-traditional methods are already being covered (eg, digging up another reliable but totally unknown middle reliever like Okajima). Do you break the bank for Teixiera? Do you agree that they need sticks more than they need arms?
(erghammer from DC)
There's certainly a lot of risk to be found from the four corners/DH situation once you move past Youkilis and Bay, and they're pretty clearly stuck with Drew (and probably shrink from anything involving Papi in another uni). That feeds into the talk of dealing Lowell, which makes a goodly amount of sense if and only if you gun for Teixeira or a mid-career premium player at first or third (exploiting Youk's positional flexibility). You may well end up taking a loss on the Lowell deal to move him out of the way, but I really think the team needs another lefty power bat. Random goofy idea: if the Brewers get serious about any of those Prince Fielder rumors, the Sox *must* become a part of that conversation. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, if your Doug Melvin, are you trading JJ? Moving him to 2B and Weeks to Center? Essentially, the question is this: If you're Dough Melvin, what trades and positional moves are you making for the Brewers this winter?
(HRFastness from MKE)
I'd think about moving Hardy to 2B or 3B to accommodate Escobar (or maybe he moves, I don't know without talking to somebody more knowledgeable about his defense), I'd think about moving Weeks to CF or another team.

I think Prince Fielder may be a more tradable/replaceable commodity than Hardy. I know one of the big media wags proposed a Fielder/Matt Cain swap, which makes sense given the Brewers' need for pitching in a post-Sheets, post-Sabathia world. The Brewers would hear about it from their fans, though. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most unmovable contract in the non-Zito division? Luis Castillo? Johjima?
(paulbellows from Calgary)
Since Mike Hampton got traded a few years back, I don't consider anything unmovable, except maybe Prince Fielder in front of a platter of veggie burgers. It's all a matter of how many years you can wait and/or how much money the team can swallow. Helton's owed $57M on his contract through 2011 so that would be pretty difficult to move. The Yankees have a trio that they'd be hard-pressed to trade (Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez) although in the cases of Jeter and Posada, that's as much for non-baseball reasons as for baseball reasons.

But if there's a will, I think anyone could be traded, even Zito. It'd take a ton of creativity and probably a few teams collaborating to disperse the cash (or maybe one big team, like the Yankees, getting something of value along with Zito). But it can be done. (Derek Jacques)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)I won't defend Jeremy Brown, but I'll defend Prince Fielder, CC Sabathia, et. al
(Steve from MN)
You mean guys loaded with tools who every scout saw as a sure-fire first round pick? Look, people can keep pulling out the jeans quote, but athleticism matters. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will, I've got to ask about Prince Fielder, what gives? It can't really be because he isn't eating cheeseburgers, can it? It's just small sample size and his power will pick back up, correct??
(Otocinclus from NYC)
One would think. No one seems concerned, including Prince. Even if his power is off slightly from last year's high, I don't think we can make much of it. I mean, Gabe Kapler has a wad of homers. Are we going to revisit the wild steroid rumors or say it's because he's taken to the beer and brats lifestyle of Wisconsin? (Will Carroll)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Abstract question, Kevin. *Any* player young for his league who finishes in the top 5 in batting is at least a good prospect, barring extenuating negatives (e.g. bad makeup, horrific plate discipline, fatter than Prince Fielder). Fair statement?
(Sally from New Orleans)
No. (Kevin Goldstein)

BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneA steel cage match between Sabathia, Howard, Prince Fielder and Jonathan Broxton would be fun. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageOne of the great things about being at BP is having great help just a few keyboard clicks away. I asked Rany, who did his fantastic series on draft history, if he remembers a draft that was better 11-20 than 1-10. Rany jumped into action for me, and found just one in 15 years: 2002.

Top Ten: B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Jeff Francis.
11-20: Hermida, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, James Loney, Denard Span.

The best example is 1994, where Garciaparra, Konerko and Varitek went 12-14. Needless to say, the top 10 that boasted Paul Wilson, Ben Grieve, Todd Walker and Jaret Wright wasn't as good. (Bryan Smith)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games...and cue a Buster Olney "sports psychiatrist" crack for Prince Fielder. (Derek Jacques)

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