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Prince Fielder not worth a princely price

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George Ofman

I know my stuff. 36 years in broadcasting. Sox Cubs Bears Bulls Hawks. You ask, I'll answer

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How much is too much for the portly Prince Fielder? Only Kenny Williams knows. Check that; only Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf know. The price for a prince could wind up being a king's ransom so is it worth it?  Gordon Beckham and Daniel Hudson? Carlos Quentin in the mix? How about Jordan Danks and a few others in the much depleted Sox system?  Then there is the money. If a trade is made by July 31st, the Sox would owe Fielder about 3.5 million through this season.  He's arbitration eligible for 2011 so we're talking in the 12 to 15 million dollar range. And did I mention he'll be a free agent after next season? Think Jerry would allow Kenny to sign off on a long term deal worth an average of $25 mil per season? There's a better chance of Brooks Boyer building his own cap to seal the oil leak in the Gulf.

So Fielder would be a rent a player for the rest of 2010 and 2011. Does he assure you a World Series title?  No way to really quantify that. The Sox could definitely use a left hand bat in their lineup. It's why they've kicked the tires on Adam Dunn and perhaps done the same with Lance Berkman and maybe even Adam LaRoche. But Fielder is a horse of a different kind and I do mean horse. He's listed as 5-11, 268. Rather generous, don't you think? But he is only 26 and heading into the prime of his career so long as he doesn't eat his way through it. And it begs this question; How does a vegetarian look like a Sumo wrestler?

And can someone tell me why a guy who batted .299 last season with 46 homers and 141 RBI has 23 and paltry 45 RBI for a team that is 6th in majors in runs? I'm just asking with the hopes someone has a reasonable answer.

Bottom line; he's not worth it.

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