ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 14: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers walks back to the dugout after he struck out in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 14, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
2:57 p.m. EST: Prince Fielder is nearing a nine-year deal with the DETROIT TIGERS, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. If everyone is acting gun-shy, it's because a fake "John" Heyman was RT'd by an otherwise legitimate source (sorry, Geoff Baker). This Tim Brown is real, though.
2:20 p.m. EST: The market is starting to take a little more shape. The Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles aren't pursuing Fielder at the moment, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Heyman also notes that the Washington Nationals may be moving away from their refusal to offer more than six years.
1:58 p.m. EST: Fielder is expected to get seven years guaranteed on his next deal but he could potentially get eight years, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
1:20 p.m. EST: Buster Olney from ESPN reports that the Detroit Tigers might be on Fielder for a one year deal, but Jon Heyman from CBS Sports says that he figures Fielder will get at least a seven year deal.
10:16 a.m EST: Bob Nightengale from USA Today says that the Rangers feel they are out of the running and that the talks may heat up today and even conclude.
Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports says that the Nationals are currently the favorites, but some people in the Nats front office would prefer Adam LaRoche as this season's first baseman and Michael Morse in 2013 and they find a new center fielder. It was also reported yesterday that the Nationals did not want to give Fielder more than a seven year deal, per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Despite the Orioles seeming interest in Fielder, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports says that the Orioles are no where near in position to sign the first baseman. MLB Network reported yesterday that the Orioles are definitely still in the running, however.
Ken Rosenthal has also stated that the Rangers are in on him hard but their concern is giving him too many years.