PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers smiles duirng batting practice before taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Chase Field on October 4, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that while the Nationals remain in the running for top free agent Prince Fielder, they aren't close to finalizing a deal with him. Last night, Jim Bowden of ESPN reported that the sides were working on a contract.
In addition to the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are reportedly still in the mix for Fielder as well, though they're not willing to go further than five years in terms of contract length.
- Nats in running for Prince Fielder, but race far from over - nationals.com: News
"The Nationals are still alive in the Prince Fielder sweepstakes, but they are not close to finalizing a deal with the free-agent first baseman."
- Prince Fielder Rumor Hysteria: Orioles, Nationals, Rangers - MLB Daily Dish
"The Baltimore Orioles have officially thrown their hat in the ring of the Prince Fielder sweepstakes hysteria, according to Jim Duquette."