It only took him five weeks to figure out and write what I wrote on December 13, 2011:
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. – LINK
Well, at least he finally figured it out. Here’s what he wrote: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers-20120122,0,2500480.column
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.
The fact of the matter is that the Dodgers could sign him in March and keep Ethier and Loney. At the trade deadline they could be in a really nice position. Stay tuned…