If Prince Fielder really wants to come to LA, and I think he does, he and the Dodgers can still make it happen. Two of his best friends play for the Dodgers, namely Matt Kemp and Tony Gwynn, Jr.
The Dodgers have been “one-upped” by the Angels with the addition of Albert Pujols, and McCourt knows that having a Prince in his court would maximize his return on investment.
He would have to sign a deal that year one would be $12-15 mil for year one and then escalates after that. If he REALLY, REALLY wants to come to LA, he could be a game-changer and lead the Dodgers The Dodgers could shed some payroll by trading Ethier or Loney. Ethier would saved them $12 mil (probably). Loney and Ethier have value.
I would recommend that the Dodgers seriously consider back-loading the deal and get it done! The season ticket surge would more than pay for it, and the Dodgers would immediately become relevant again.
If the Dodgers signed Fielder and jettisoned Loney and Ethier, here’s what the lineup might look like and I like it a lot:
- Gordon SS
- Sands RF
- Kemp CF
- Fielder 1B
- Rivera LF
- Uribe 3B
- Ellis 2B