Tom Haudricourt just tweeted something pretty eye-opening:
Just had long talk with agent Scott Boras about
Prince Fielder. I’ve never been more convinced that Brewers have 0%
chance of keeping him . . . When Boras starts talking about “rare
commodities,” teams such as the Brewers have no chance of retaining the
player without breaking bank.
It’s probably way too early to seriously handicap Prince Fielder’s free agency scenarios, but given how much money the Phillies gave to Ryan Howard — a guy who, however nice his past has been, doesn’t have as promising a future as Fielder does — I agree that the odds don’t favor the Brewers doing what Boras and Fielder think is necessary to keep him.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.