You can’t blame Prince Fielder for taking the money the Tigers offered, but after reading numerous reports from many sources (some actually reliable), it is apparent that the Dodgers interest in the Prince (and their offer to him) was genuine. If it was only only a ploy, then the Dodgers would have probably publicized it – that’s all that you really have to consider… but there’s more.
Numerous sources have reported that the Dodgers offer was $26 mil a year for the first 4 years with an option to opt-out after that. It seems pretty likely that the Dodgers might have been Princes’ best choice, until V-Mart blew up his body. That’s when the Tigers upped the ante and blew the Dodgers right out of contention.
When the Dodgers drafted Zach Lee, the McCourt bashers said it was just a ploy, so why should anyone expect anything different here? “McCourt is a bum. He wasn’t serious (because I think he’s a bum)” is the way they think.
The Dodgers signed numerous role-players this winter and were poised to become one of the frontrunners in the NL when the Victor Martinez injury occurred and runied it all. The Dodgers could have upped the ante, but I can give you 275 to 300 reasons why that would have been a mistake (all you need are two):
- 275 to 300 pounds. That’s going to take a toll…. soon.
- No way do you pay Prince more than your MVP – Matt Kemp!
That’s all you need to know. The offer was real. It was genuine. The timing was bad and it didn’t work out. So be it.
Wouldn’t it have been ironic if McCourt had gotten his best free agent on the way out the door, and left the Dodgers poised for an excellent season?
It wasn’t to be, but I still think that this team has a bright future THIS year.
In the next few days, I review possible hitters who might be available at the trading deadline.