The devil being Scott Borasssss!
Back on December 19th, 2011, I wrote this:
According to Bruce Levine of ESPN/Chicago ”The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly the main suitors for Fielder at this point, with the Cubs still in the running.”
At the same time, Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times reports just the opposite: “With six days until Christmas, the Dodgers are nearly finished with their shopping. Their 2012 roster is practically set.”
Someone has it wrong. Who is not telling us the truth? Is Ned deliberately misleading Dylan and the rest of us?
Again, on January 22, 2012, I wrote this:
To tell you the truth, I believe more than ever that Prince Fielder is coming to LA. There’s a process that is going to have to happen, but I think Boras and Prince are waiting on the Dodgers.
Well, it turns out that Ned was deliberately misleading Dylan Hernandez and the rest of you.
Today, MLB Trade Rumors reported this:
The Dodgers pushed hard for Prince Fielder for weeks and thought they had a legitimate chance of signing him, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. They offered a seven-year deal worth a little more than $160MM that would have provided the first baseman with the chance to opt out after four seasons. Fielder would have earned $26MM or so for the first four years of the deal and $20MM-plus for its final three years.
The Dodgers met Fielder at an undisclosed location a few weeks ago and outgoing owner Frank McCourt approved the team’s proposal. Though the Dodgers aren’t unhappy with James Loney, they wanted to add an elite bat to their lineup. The Nationals and Tigers were also finalists for Fielder, whose nine-year, $214MM deal becomes official at a press conference in Detroit this afternoon.
There you have it. I told you so. The Dodgers offered a good deal, but it took an AL team which uses the DH to beat them out. It a big handicap being in the NL as the AL get all the sluggers who can DH. There is no way an NL team could offer Pujols or Fielder what they ultimately received. No way!
Here’s the bottom line: The NL needs to adopt the DH!