Prince Fielder has dominated Seattle Mariners offseason talk thus far, which is saying something since their offseason really started back in June. Offensively, it’s hard to imagine a better fit for the Mariners than Fielder, but there are other issues besides his bat, including but not limited to: money, weight, defensive position, and possibility of the Mariners contending in the forseeable future.
Every Mariner writer (and there are many good ones) has weighed in on the issue. Other than those people who think that Fielder is going to fall apart next year, its hard to argue with any objections to signing Prince. It’s going to cost a fortune, he’s not a great fit for the current team defensively, and there’s a decent chance that he could be breaking down by the end of the contract. Most people agree on all of these issues to varying degrees. Some are willing to accept them and still make a deal, others aren’t. Both viewpoints are completely understandable.
I’m pretty firmly on the “Sign Prince” side, but I thought I’d step back to see where the Mariners stand, both for next year and the future. I’m going to work through this positionally, probably out of order. I’m not going to make an effort to talk about how to improve the position, unless I feel like it. I’m just going to lay out what’s there and what is in the system that might help soon. Continue reading