I, like many others, have a soft spot for Prince Fielder. Aside from his fabulous hitting skills, he comes across like a great big teddy bear and the kind of guy you would most definitely want on your poison– I mean, team of choice.
Which is why I would rather not make a case against Prince. But with all this talk of a five thousand year deal, with $20 million plus per year, I feel the need to make this case.
First of all, in general, we all know to avoid deals like that at all costs. But if someone comes up who really seems like they might bring balance to the Force, then it is occasionally okay to put out one of those massive contracts.
But to me, Prince Fielder just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy you want for all that time. He’s an amazing ballplayer at this point but I think there’s definitely doubt as to how well his body type can hold up over a long period of time and when we’re talking eight to ten years, that’s something that should factor in, in a big way.
For the Rangers in particular, I don’t think Prince makes sense. They’re already sitting on empty pockets, pretty much, and although Mitch Moreland has his doubters, I think he could make a perfectly sound first baseman and I think signing Josh Hamilton, injury-prone-ness and all, to a multi-year deal makes much more sense for me.
I wish Prince made sense with the Rangers, to me, because how fun would that be? But I don’t think he does. Texas does things big, we know that, but I still believe the emphasis should be (and is) on player development and scouting. Darvish was a potential triumph, in that sense. Although he is a semi-veteran and obviously cost loads of money, it also could symbolize success for the Rangers in their Japan scouting missions. In essence, it goes along with what they’re trying to do, the system they’re trying to set up.
Prince Fielder? Not so much.
Besides, I doubt he’d look that good in a cowboy hat.
p.s. Battle of the Bowties! Brauny and Dave Robertson at the BBWAA dinner a couple nights ago. I’m saying Robertson wins this fashion faceoff because Ryan’s velvet suit is a little too greasy Vito Corleone for my taste, but what do you all think?