Cubs Could Be Favorite To Land Fielder

(WSCR) When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were given the keys to the Cubs, the duo stressed the importance of paying for future — not past — performance.

One MLB expert thinks — with that moto in mind — the Cubs appear to be one of the favorite teams to land free-agent slugger Prince Fielder.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the Cubs as a 4-1 favorite to sign Fielder, behind only the Texas Rangers at 3-1.

Heyman writes: Fielder is exactly the kind of free agent new execs Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would want in that he is only 27 and carries the potential to be a cleanup man and foundation player for years to come. Fielder loves hitting in Wrigley Field, which can’t hurt, and of course, everyone loves Chicago. The Cubs aren’t exactly poor, either. They just paid $18.5 million for Epstein.

Also in the running behind the Cubs and Rangers to land Fielder are the Mariners, Nationals, Blue Jays, Orioles and Marlins.


    If that is the case, there was no point in hiring Theo Epstein.
    No point in increasing the baseball knowledge in the front office. Just let everyone sign checks and cross their fingers.
    Just maintain the rotten status quo of trading for a bag of beans.
    Not this time.
    The Brewers fell to earth with him and Braun.
    I thought they paid too much to rent Pena.
    If the Ricketts can pay for him, they can pay to have that stadium dipped in platinum. Or whatever else the “historic landmark” committee will allow to preserve its facade before it crumbles. Without a tax payer bail out.
    Boy, as Lando Calrissian said:
    “this deal keeps getting worse!”

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  • Peter

    Fielder loves hitting in Wrigley Field because it’s off CUBS Pitching. That being said, it ain’t my money, so sure, sign him.

  • Nathan Ward

    So are you counting on the Cubs farm system to produce the at least 1 MAJOR star it’s going to take on a supposed 5 year plan future WS team? From my experience (at least with Cubs) from 24-25 good years of paying attention is I usually hear about some guy in the minors for 3-5 years before he comes up and fails or is just a platoon type player excluding some phenom pitchers that came up a Decade ago…that lasted a long time. There is nothing wrong with signing something to build around….isn’t that the idea….if you want to build around Castro fine, but start by giving him a first baseman that’s better than him.

  • South Loop Dave

    Please stop reporting on speculation, no matter where the arrow points. Report when the contract is signed. Otherwise, it’s not news.

  • Cameltoe Rancher

    Feilder is a lock to come to the Cuuub because of all of the deep dish pizza.


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