Hot Stove Targeting: Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder has been with the Milwaukee Brewers since the 2005 season when he was just 21 years old. He was an excellent HR hitter, he knew how to take his walks and he knew how to drive in runs. That was a superstar in the making in Milwaukee which was how Prince Fielder became a household name (not as big as Derek Jeter, but still a household name). But after having some fun with the Brewers he became a free agent after the 2011 season. A lot of teams are after him, but the question that Yankees fans are wondering; is Prince Fielder a fit for the New York Yankees.
Positives: Prince Fielder has been nothing but a dominant force every year with his time with the Brewers. With a career .929 OPS and a .540 SLG, he is every teams dream. Fielder isn’t a SB player, but it really doesn’t matter in his case because of his power numbers. In his career he has had 230 HR’s with 656 RBI’s & 566 BB and this all from 6 years. Fielder has also taken a couple of awards throughout his career such as Rookie Of the Year in 2006 (he was considered a rookie in 2006 due to having more playing time than in 2005), has been to the All-Star game 3 times (2007, 2009 & 2011), was a 3 time MVP (2007, 2008 & 2009) and is a 2 time Silver Slugger award winner (2007 & 2011).
|162 Game Avg.||162||683||573||93||162||32||1||37||106||92||126||.282||.390||.540||.929|
Negatives: With every player there is a good and a bad side. With Prince Fielder his bad side happens to be one major thing: He doesn’t know how to get his numbers hot in the postseason. In 2008 it was his first time in the postseason, so the .192 average could go dismissed, but in 2011 he had a great start to the postseason, but he struggled towards the end. In the NLDS in 2011 vs. the Diamondbacks he hit .278 with 1 HR and 2 doubles. It was a good start to the postseason, but when they reached the NLCS with the World Series Champions the St. Louis Cardinals that was when everything went downhill. Fielder had a .200 average and had the most GIDP’s in his postseason career with 2 in a series.
|2 Seasons (3 Series)||15||63||52||7||10||4||0||4||8||8||14||.192||.317||.500||.817|
Is Prince Fielder A Fit For the Yankees: Prince Fielder could succeed with
many teams, but unfortunately I do not see the Yankees pursing Prince Fielder. Brian Cashman made it clear that he was going for pitching, and how offense wasn’t the problem. The Yankees also do not have a need for another first baseman as they already have Mark Teixeira for the next 6-8 years.
Hot Stove Rumblings: Rumors have had it that certain teams are after Prince Fielder after the Milwaukee Brewers reportedly decided that they weren’t going to spend much time trying to re-sign Fielder. One of the teams that are reportedly interested is the Miami Marlins (Formerly Florida Marlins). Along with Fielder the Marlins have reportedly spoken to Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols.
Prince Fielder has a great future ahead of him, but if I was Brian Cashman I would pass on him. As Cashman mentioned before, the issue is not our offense, it is the starting pitching. I am sure Prince Fielder could make another team happy, but it’s not going to happen with the Yankees.