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Mariners: Nothing happening on the Prince Fielder front

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on Dec. 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm with 15 Comments »
December 22, 2011 3:15 pm

The quiet offseason for the Seattle Mariners took a turn this afternoon thanks to a tweet from Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, who let go with this wowzer: “Just heard from my boy that Prince to Seattle is a done deal…”

Prince Fielder? To Seattle? … Not so fast, say the Mariners.

Staff writer Larry LaRue, on vacation in Southern California, called the team for comment, and it’s a simple one: Nothing’s brewing. GM Jack Zduriencik is not even in the office today, and the team’s head of media relations is on vacation for the week; two signs that the team has shut it down for the holiday.

Further, reporter Greg Johns, who covers the Mariners, tweeted the Mariners have not signed Prince Fielder.

So what to make of this?

Consider the source: Logan Morrison, a known loose cannon who was basically sent to the minors this season because of his love affair with social media.

And, consider this: Prince – the rock star, not the chubby first baseman – played in Tacoma on Monday.

And this from LoMo’s twitter account at about 2:50 p.m. : “Oh $hit, you guys thought I meant the 1B from Milwaukee. My bad. (I love all of you. Happy Holidays!)”

Sounds like someone is having some fun, at the expense of Mariners fans.

Leave a comment Comments → 15
  1. SandlotSam says:

    Hmmm, I wonder if Prince (the musician, not the ballplayer) would be able to hit for power at Safeco. If he can, maybe we can sign HIM.

  2. wabubba67 says:

    The musician kind of has Ichiro’s body type….Bavasi would probably offer up about 10 million per season based on that alone.

  3. gonefishin69690 says:

    The Seattle Mariners way. Pay huge bucks for 1 player, and watch him get injured the first month of the season.

  4. It’s been a long time since anything related to the Mariners left me feeling good or smiling. I actually got a chuckle out of this. Thanks, Logan.

  5. jchawks08 says:

    LOL yea that was pretty good. I’m kind of just ‘Eh..’ on the whole Prince Fielder potential signing. I can see him getting fat(ter) and happy. His extra weight is working for him now, but what about in 5 years when it affects the rest of his body? I don’t see him getting any skinnier. But you never freakin’ know. To me, signing him is a crapshoot like drafting a QB in the 1st round. You have high hopes, but it’s far from a slam dunk.

  6. guiltybystander says:

    Prince Fielder would be a huge waste of money for the Mariners, literally and figuratively. This team needs a LOT more help than a DH (can anyone imagine him lurching around the field?) who would send Jenny Craig screaming for cover.

    Stay the course, develop the kids, and pay no attention to the “fans” who say they’ll stay away unless the franchise blows $250 million on someone who won’t help them get more than 75 wins in 2012, let alone contend…real fans will understand that a genuine “build through the system” starts with identifying and signing good young players, filling the minor league rosters with them, then waiting as they learn on the job working up through Class A, AA and (sometimes) AAA before reacing MLB. It’s a slow, painful process, but it’s also the best proven method of creating and sustaining a winner at the MLB level.

    I can’t stand all the losing either, but a $250 million Band-Aid won’t heal a broken leg.

  7. firecap81 says:

    “Stay the course, develop the kids, and pay no attention to the “fans”

    Yeah, I think they have thatdown pat, especially ignoring their fans. What course would you have them stay? Losing 95 games? Having a 17 game losing streak? Having the ‘ignored fans’ leaving in droves? Having the least productive offense in the major leagues? Having teams in their division years ahead of them in developement and losing ground on them every year? Having the upper management voted the laughing stock of major league sports? Be specific, where are they pleasing you so much that you don’t want them to change?

  8. guiltybystander says:

    I’ll try to keep this as simple and succinct as possible: I would rather spend $25 million more a year on scouting, drafting and signing players; adding coaches in the MiLB system to give better instruction to players learning system-wide to play a certain way, like the Dodgers and Royals used to; and then trying to make sure the younger guys who DO show they can play at the MLB level will stick around via longer-term but less-expensive contracts, like John Hart did in Cleveland in the 90’s. When the Mariners are one or two players away from being a genuine contender, THEN open the vault and bring in that one marquee free agent.

    You want to argue the negatives about Chuck Armstrong, Howard Lincoln and the Nintendo Bunch? You’ll get no protest from me on that…they couldn’t care less about winning as long as the money keeps coming in. Still, I’ll sit through another 90-loss season if I see a commitment to slowly (and, yes, painfully) building a winner instead of just throwing money at guys and hoping they earn it later. If that means more Kyle Seager at third base and less Chone Figgins, I can live with that.

    Maybe that’s the difference: You’d rather spend $$$ to buy one seven-course meal at Canlis’ while I’d rather spend the same $$$ buying a farm and eating well year-round by growing and cultivating my own garden and livestock with it.

  9. mojjonation says:

    I would rather spend $25 million a season on a guy who has already shown the ability to mash the ball, than waste it on players that are good guys. Fire the scouting group and find people who actually understand talent. A guy who is destined to be a journeyman hitting .260 for his life is not someone the M’s need.

  10. hawkfan777 says:

    The Mariners need to spend some money but only for the right players. It is evident that payroll is a factor in making a club successful or not. With just a few exceptions, the teams that win year after year have higher payrolls.

  11. Per KIRO there is now talk of PF going for a 3 year deal. If that’s really what Boras is thinking, the M’s are likely out of contention. Not because of the 3 year money, but because to maximize the contract after this one, PF would want to play in a more power hitter friendly park than Safeco.

  12. alaskafan says:

    Get Fielder, get rid of Figgins and Ichiro. Figgins and Ichiro can be improved upon with the farm system. But we do need some people who can hit the ball with power. Having a power hitter, helps the batters who bat in front of him. I am sick of trying to root for the team that has been either the worst or next to worst team in all of baseball while Jack Z has been here.
    BAVASI WAS TERRIBLE AND JACK Z. has been worse.

  13. alaskafan says:

    firecap81 is correct, he couldn’t have said it any clearer.

  14. footballscaa says:

    One more reason why dumb athletes shouldn’t twitter.

  15. RedMule7 says:

    “LoMo” should not have used the baseball player’s last name in his first tweet. That would have made his punch line second tweet much funnier.

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