Ken Davidoff On Prince Fielder, Ryan Madson, Expanded Replay

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 10: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 10, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In Ken Davidoff's latest Sunday MLB Insider feature for Newsday, he shares thoughts on free-agents Prince Fielder and Ryan Madson while also discussing MLB's expanded replay. Let's check out what the national baseball writer had to say:

  • Prince Fielder wanted the Chicago Cubs, but the interest isn't mutual since the organization is going in full rebuild mode now under Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
  • Another possible suitor, the Washington Nationals, sign a Scott Boras client every year it seems (see: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, etc.) and could be a potential landing spot for Fielder. However, the Nats are a bit gun-shy, according to Davidoff, after spending a fortune on Jayson Werth last offseason.
  • Lastly, the Toronto Blue Jays aren't willing to go more than five-years and Scott Boras is looking for a couple of years more than that.
  • The Red Sox aren't going to be in on free-agent reliever Ryan Madson after trading for Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon. Yankees won't be either, obviously, and there just aren't many teams out there looking for closer help.
  • Now that MLB has added balls down the lines and outfield trap plays to instant-replay review, Davidoff wonders how umpires will handle the managing of base runners.
  • Insider: thoughts on Prince Fielder, Ryan Madson and expanded replay
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