Nationals: Favorite to Sign Fielder; Farm System Update, Bullpen Questions

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 13: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers gestures after he hit a double in the top of the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Add Tom Haudricourt to the number of credible sources remarking on the increasing likelihood that Prince Fielder lands with the Washington Nationals. Last week it was Jon Heyman, then Mike Rizzo, and now Haudricourt says "industry sources" (a clever way to say neither the team nor the agent) are telling him the same:

  • Twitter / @Haudricourt: I have been told that the ...
    "I have been told that the Washington Nationals have emerged as the favorite to sign Prince Fielder."
  • Nationals a favorite for Fielder - JSOnline
    "The MLB official I talked to wasn't sure the Nationals would go the eight to 10 years that Boras is seeking for Fielder, however. They might prefer to go shorter on the deal but as long as Boras is able to match or exceed the $25.4 million annual salary that Pujols is getting from the Angels, I'm guessing he will be happy."
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