Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Prince Fielder a Ranger?

Recently on ESPN it was proposed the Rangers try and acquire Brewers 1B Prince Fielder. With a core of Fielder, Vladimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, and Nelson Cruz anchoring their lineup, Texas would become a serious contender in the AL. Money would be this deal's largest roadblock—Fielder's owed another $4.34m this year—due to Texas' undecided future ownership. Factoring in that money and figuring they would have to move a sizeable contract or take back cash (as in the Cliff Lee and Bengie Molina deals), let's take a look at what a possible deal could look like.

RANGERS: 1B Fielder, C/OF Angel Salome
BREWERS: P Wilmer Font, 1B/OF Mitch Moreland, P Robbie Ross, C Max Ramirez, OF Michael Saunders, 1B Casey Kotchman (Seattle to pay rest of 2010 contract), P Brandon League
MARINERS: IF Brett Lawrie, P Rich Harden ($3.10m left on contract; TEX to pay $1m 2011 option buyout)

Alright, a little analysis and explanation for why the Brewers would OK this deal and how the Mariners figure into this. First of all, we know that M's GM Jack Zduriencik loves to get in on deals and knows how to satisfy three teams. He covets the Brewers' prospect Lawrie. He also can take on money, thus absorbing Harden's deal and allowing Texas to get Prince. Brewers can stay competitive in 2011 by adding League, Saunders, and non-tender candidate Kotchman. With him, Milwaukee could have a trial first baseman to finish 2010 for free. Ramirez would provide catching depth needed after Gregg Zaun's surgery and Salome's on- and off-the-field struggles. Font, Moreland, and Ross are three top 10 Texas prospects that deepen their system for years to come. Despite losing those three prospects, yet again Texas would not have to part with their top blue chip pitching prospects and could also perhaps keep Chris Davis (though he could be easily substituted into this deal for Moreland). Now paging these three teams' GMs...pull the trigger on this deal!

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