Brewers, Fielder Reach Two-Year Deal
Hard to report more optimistic news after a crusher like Dave's last post, but news breaks when news breaks. In this case, news consists of a deal between Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers, with the two sides coming to an agreement for two-years and $18 million. The contract details were broken by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The deal not only signs Fielder for the forthcoming season, it also eats up another of his arbitration eligible seasons. He'll have one of those remaining after this deal -- 2011 -- after which he'll be an unrestricted free agent. It's also an interesting agreement because of the terms of the deal: Fielder was asking for $8 million in arbitration this year, so the Brewers clearly think he's going to put up a monster year, otherwise they would be worried about eating any more than the one year of arbitration eligibility.
Fielder's new contract won't become official until he passes a physical, which is probably an afterthought so long as the physical doesn't include a weight clause.
The bigger question, of course, is whether Fielder's deal sets any kind of a precedent going forward. It's the second two-year deal reached by a young NL slugger (obviously, thanks noahthek)
outfielder in two days, and just as with Jayson Werth's two-year deal with the Phillies, both got significantly more than a two-year deal at the rate they were asking for in arbitration for a one-year deal. That may seem like a natural conclusion, but it still requires a leap of faith for both the Phillies and Brewers.
Anyone think it's a risky move? Or is locking up both Fielder and Werth going to be a brilliant move by the end of 2010?
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