The Prince is King

Big Prince will still be king in Milwaukee (jodieandlarry/Flickr).

Big Prince will still be king in Milwaukee (jodieandlarry/Flickr).

Reports out of Milwaukee today state that the Brewers have reached an agreement with their slugging first baseman, Prince Fielder. It is reported to be a two-year, $18 million deal that will buy out the first two of Fielder’s three arbitration seasons.

This is yet another great signing by a club in what has been a string of them since this past Sunday in which we’ve seen Cole Hamels, Kevin Youkilis and Nick Markakis all sign on the dotted line. Not only have these deals locked up franchise players for these organizations, but it has also given the players the security of a guaranteed contract so they don’t have to worry about playing for a contract each season.

Fielder has put up some fantastic numbers over his first three seasons in the big leagues as you can see:

+------+-----+----------+-----+----------------+----+-----+-----+------+
| YEAR | AGE | TEAM     | AB  |  AVG/OBP/SLG   | HR | RBI |  R  | OPS+ |
+------+-----+----------+-----+----------------+----+-----+-----+------+
| 2006 |  22 | Brewers  | 569 | .271/.347/.483 | 28 |  81 |  82 | 110  |
| 2007 |  23 | Brewers  | 573 | .288/.395/.618 | 50 | 119 | 109 | 156  |
| 2008 |  24 | Brewers  | 588 | .276/.372/.507 | 34 | 102 |  86 | 128  |
+------+-----+----------+-----+----------------+----+-----+-----+------+

His strong offensive numbers have been far above the league averages and has placed him seventh in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2006, third in the MVP voting in 2007 and 20th in the MVP race in 2008. For these reasons and to show the fans you are committed to winning, this signing was a great one for both sides.

Now if only his fellow first baseman over in Philly was this reasonable about a contract.

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist
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