If it's bidding, Sea vs WSN -
Then the Mariners, at that point, should simply outbid Washington. That's not asking too much.
As many have pointed out, it can be a long time between Prince Fielders, and the options are liable to cost you some serious minors talent.
We ain't talking about NYY vs Sea. If it comes down to the Nats and us, then pay the man. You don't always have to get a discount, to make a purchase.
ARod dumped Boras for endorsement purposes
If it's bidding, Sea vs WSN -
I don't think this is a good attitude because non-New York teams are capable offering ridiculous deals to free agents, as the Nationals did with Jayson Werth.
However, there still is absolutely nothing substantial that suggests Washington is seriously pursuing Fielder. The rumors swirling around them now are all still mostly "chatter around the league", not anyone in any position to know and those same anonymous sources from around the league had said the Cubs were the front runner for Prince even though that was patently untrue.
What concrete information we do have strongly suggests the opposite of what all speculation and rumors are saying. Here is what Nationals GM said last week:
As far as, are we going to dabble our toe in that [Fielder] water? Those are decisions that we make early on in the process and we've more or less decided that Adam is going to be our first baseman unless something extraordinary, out of the ordinary happened, that's how we're going to go to Spring Training.
Translation: we already ruled out signing Fielder months ago. Now here is what Boras is saying:
As I’ve told many, there’s a lot of passengers on the PF Flyer. I keep having discussions with teams, and they keep coming back after those discussions. We are having a very robust and constant communication with many teams. We’ve had an opportunity over the last 10 days to certainly get more definition, I would say. Normally in free agency, after a period of time you have teams that move to the background. When we think that’s happened, those teams have called back and they’ve changed their position.
Does that sound like a guy who has teams pounding down his door to sign his client? It's now January and he still clearly is trying to exaggerate how much interest there is which means no one is close to giving in to Boras' demands.
The two things that make me skeptical on WSN -
The Nats have LaRoche under contract, and they paid a $10M team option for him in 2013 as well - which, if LaRoche is healthy, they figured him to overperform -
Also, the Ryan Zimmerman situation is huge in WSN, practically their Felix situation - they have been having 9,000 kinds of trouble getting that done withOUT Fielder... very tough to believe they would want to swap out Zimmerman for Prince Fielder. That's like us saying we'd deal Felix for Joey Votto. Fair on paper or not, it's not sensible.
That said, Geoff Baker's latest column make the WSN bid sound serious indeed ... hopefully he overstated the situation...
Where I think Boras has blown it is that he has said almost nothing along the lines of : PF, great citizen, works hard, true professional, stable lockerroom presence, wants to come to your town, loved by kids and pets, in the best shape of his professional life, wants to be a fireman when he grows up!"
His whole line has been, "Here we are, come and get us."
Then, "Er, guys...here we are!"
Finally, "Really guys, we're still right here!"
He hasn't sold his guy. He's assumed his guy would sell himself.
It didn't work well. Boras hasn't adapted.
I think he also saw the Pujols/Angels deal as setting the (high) value for his guy. He was wrong, IMO. The Angels' deal caused teams to say "Holy Crap!"
Is it possible he still gets 8 years for his guy? Yep? But not bloody likely, I think.