Who would have guessed the one-two punch of the Winter Meetings, Prince the undercard with Albert the Main Event, would become so…unfulfilling? We were promised, all season long, that the Hot Stove would be boiling this winter with two elite free agents on the loose. We were told that once one punch landed, the other would be close behind. But the uppercut that carried 254 million pounds of sheer media force landed before the opening act even entered the ring. Perhaps Mr. Fielder was left, holding the spit bucket, wondering why he wasn’t the first to go. Really though, how do you follow-up the 3rd biggest contract in history? Well, if the speculation from those that “know” is to be believed, you demand to be treated as The Machines equal, and ask to be shown the money in kind. If that is true then I, for one, believe he will sit in some room somewhere, checking to see if his phone still has a dial-tone, for all the calls he’s gonna get.
Newsday is reporting that Fielder wanted the Cubs to call, because he can crush it at Wrigley, but they look like a team in the middle of a pit-stop after a blown gasket. The article goes on to mention The Nats (probably not after the Werth burn last year) and Toronto (doesn’t want to commit to more than 5 years). I’ll tell you this: it is fun to watch a Boras client, as seemingly greedy as Boras himself, have to sit by and wait while the stove turns cold. If CarGo (another Boras client) proved anything with his contract, it’s that if the client really wanted to sign for less money than the agent thinks he’s worth, he does have the power to do so – no matter how grumpy the agent looks at the press table after the ink is spilled.