It’s the middle of January, and most of the free agents left on the market at this point are aging stars who might be contemplating retirement and reserves. But there’s still one star slugger available, if you can meet his asking price.
Prince Fielder is going to play for someone in 2012, though I have no idea who it will be. This weekend, media reports linked him to the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers… and is still a longshot possibility he could wind up in Seattle.
While Fielder was reportedly hoping for an 8- to 10- year contract when he hit the free agent market, it’s beginning to look like he might accept less. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported a rumor that Fielder may have to settle for a six-year deal with an opt-out clause that would let him re-enter the free agent market again after three seasons.
I hope that Fielder goes to Texas or the Cubs, but part of me would like to see how the Washington Nationals would do with him in the cleanup spot.
We’re five weeks – 35 days – away from the official beginning of spring training for the New York Mets, when pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie. Spring training tickets went on sale this weekend, and Florida Met Fan Rich sent Mets Police some photos from the first day sale.
Original Mets pitcher Ray Daviault was the first to wear #35 for the team, and Dillon Gee has it now. In between, it has been worn by a variety of players including a pair who would become more famous as general managers for other teams: Ed Lynch and Billy Beane.