That the Mariners are laser focused on Fielder after Bedard signed with the Pirates for 4.5 million, sans incentives. If the Mariners held back from matching the Pirates, then they must be waiting for 20 mil+ shoe to drop.
He needs what, 1 WAR, or 10 runs saved, to earn that?! And he took one lousy year?
Would have loved to have seen him here for that. Certainly long before I'd have wanted to see Jeff Francis.
But the Mariners went their extra mile with Bedard and SSI throws no crumpled paper cups at their deciding to turn the page. ... I'd of brought 'im back, though.
...is that they just blew another big (unwise) wod of cash on Mark "aging wonder" Buehrle. 4 years and 58 million.
I think they are turning their eyes toward pitching, rather than exclusively toward Fielder. Given that they've already spent 106 million on Reyes and 58 million on Buehrle and 39 million on Bell...one wonders if they will really outbid the Ms at 8/180
I was a tad disappointed about Bedard...would rather have HIM blocking the prospects than some middle-man with a 4-5 K/9...because when he gets hurt, you just call a guy up...no biggie.
But if they need to save their moolah for Princely additions...so be it.
I don't think they have a spare $195 mil in the couch cushions for Prince after that and Reyes (and Heath Bell for that matter).
Heyman says they're still talking to Fielder but I have trouble seeing that working out. Maybe they add CJ Wilson.
When I'm hearing that, and that the Cubs' interest is overblown...
It really DOES look like Fielder could wind up here. I hate it when the rumor mills get my hopes up...
Felix + Pineda + Vargas + Paxton + Hultzen (by year's end) to go with a lineup that includes All Star Ackley, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp (the good versions) all hitting around the lynchpin and world-class bat that is Prince Fielder?
Man, that would be a nice ticket. They're coming to Colorado in Interleague play in May. I'm already looking forward to it, but it could be a delicious surprise. We'll see if Jack can sink that hook and snag his man.
Am a bit confused about the Marlins at this point. And whether Fielder is a 3rd contract for them the way Pujols might be. The latin-fan thing could be a factor.
At the very least, you would think that the Reyes and Buehrle contracts would contain the Marlins' ability to lay out that extra ante on Fielder. Maybe now they're not comfortable trumping a $22M salary with a $25M salary.
Mike Rizzo on MLB network, 6:30 pm EST, asked about Fielder...
He's like, We talked to a number of players, including Prince ... ::dejected:: we think we are real solid at first base, with LaRoche, and Mike Morse is an accomplished first baseman ... we are focused on getting a pitcher for the top of our rotation, yada yada...
Based on Rizzo's obvious defeat on Fielder, and on the Marlins' layout for Reyes and Buehrle, I'm gingerly revising my Wednesday odds to
Field etc 10%
Reyes for 6 x $17.5 ...
Buehrle for 4 x $14.5 ... and
Bell for 3 x $9M.
By my count that's $40M in yearly salary so far... maybe put a kink in the idea of 10/$220 for Fielder.
An Ackley, Fielder, Carp, Smoak murderer's row would be OK, wouldn't it?
Add a LIddi (who I remain very high on) and a Seager and an Ichiro.....That would be OK wouldn't it?