Jon Heyman tweets that the Brewers are leaning towards keeping Prince Fielder.
It’s not easy to be trying to trade Fielder right now, given that Adrian Gonzalez may soon be available and that other, lesser-but-cheaper first basemen can be had via free agency at the moment. And of course, given that Fielder is a Boras client, he’s highly unlikely to be amenable to a contract extension prior to hitting the market as a free agent a year from now.
The Brewers could easily compete in 2011, so it may be worth keeping Fielder around anyway, even if they don’t believe they can sign him long term. The NL Central isn’t outrageously strong, and if Milwaukee can upgrade its pitching this winter, there’s no reason they can’t be in the think of the race all year.
Shohei Ohtani made it pretty clear early in the posting process that he was not going to consider east coast teams. As such, it’s understandable if east coast teams didn’t stop all work in order to put together an Ohtani pitch before he signed with the Angels. The Baltimore Orioles, however, didn’t do so for a somewhat different reason than all of the other also-rans.
Their reason, as explained by general manager Dan Duquette on MLB Network Radio yesterday was “because philosophically we don’t participate on the posting part of it.” Suggesting that, as a matter of policy, they will not even attempt to sign Japanese players via the posting system.
Like I said, that probably didn’t make a hill of beans’ difference when it came to Ohtani, who was unlikely to give the O’s the time of day. I find it really weird, though, that the Orioles would totally reject the idea of signing Japanese players via the posting system on policy grounds. None of their opponents are willing to unilaterally disarm in that fashion, I presume.
More than that, though, why would you make that philosophy public? Don’t you want your rivals to think you’re in competition with them in all facets of the game? Don’t you want your fans to think that you’ll stop at nothing to improve the team?
An odd thing to say for Duquette. I don’t know quite why he’d say such a thing.