When a team has as disappointing of a season as the Brewers did in 2010, games become meaningless way before Labor Day arrives. The next meaningful days don’t happen until after we’ve finished that last piece of pumpkin pie, but before we start chugging down the eggnog. Those days are upon us, when rumors are flying around like UFO’s in a schizophrenic’s life. They come from out of nowhere, usually lead to nothing, and if you take your medication, they usually go away.
For the Milwaukee Brewers, the rumors are huge, and that’s because they center around Prince Fielder, yet again. The super-sized first baseman has hit 190 home runs, and driven in 526 runs in his first five Major League Seasons. At only 26 years old, the slugger is one of the game’s biggest prizes this off-season, if the Brewers decide to deal him.
General Manager Doug Melvin has said that the team hasn’t yet decided what to do in regards to Prince, which translated means, “Make me an offer and blow me away.”
Very few times do superstar players get dealt away for a big package, and the package turns into gold. In fact, usually the opposite, the package turns into a laundry list of players who never amounted to much, while the superstar goes into the Hall of Fame wearing a different cap.
Mark McGwire to St. Louis for Eric Ludwick, TJ Matthews and Blake Stein is just one example of a team trading for three spare tires while giving up a Jaguar. McGwire goes on to his about 400 HR’s in the next seasons, while TJ Matthews and Blake Stein combined to do nothing. When you lose a player of that magnitude, you have to get something in return and that’s the quandary the Brewers are in. If you trade Prince, you can’t end up with TJ Matthews and Blake Stein.
The other thing you wouldn’t expect from Fielder, considering he is listed at 5’11, and tips the scale at 270 pounds, is that he suits up almost every day, having just missed one game the last two seasons, and 13 over the last five. He carries his weight well, and is quite athletic for such a stout guy. Throw in to the mix that if you deal Fielder, Ryan Braun no longer has that left-handed protection hitting behind him.
It seems a foregone conclusion that Prince will be dealt at some time, but if you ask me, I’d wait. Wait until the season is going, when you can play him off a few teams and get a king’s ransom for a Prince.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!