I'm not a real diehard follower of all things baseball (that's my disclaimer lol), but I have stayed a loyal O's fan throughout the losing. But it seems like he would be a perfect fit on our team and in the middle of the lineup. Putting him in the middle makes Luke Scott, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters that more dangerous.
The questions are: what do you give up for him? And are we willing to pay to extend him?...
To me I would think Snyder, Tillman, and some minor league pitcher(s), would be enough to take him off Milwaukee's hands. They know they aren't going to pay him after this year, and I'm pretty sure every other MLB team knows the same. So his value won't be too high, you won't have to give up boatloads of talent for him. Snyder doesn't seem like he's ready for the big time yet, and if we land the 26 year old Fielder, then most likely he'll be stuck behind him for years, so that makes him expendable in this deal. I think with the emergence of Matusz, Arrieta, and Bergensen, the continued development of Guthrie, and having Britton on his way, would make Tillman expendable and he's still regarded as a top pitching prospect. I don't know any other arms n the minors that might be added, but those two would be the cornerstones of any deal for Fielder if I'm MacPhail. Making this move allows us to resign Wiggy to play 3rd until Bell is ready. Let's Luke stay in his DH role. And slides everyone into their right spot in the lineup.
The other issue is would the team be willing to extend him for probably around 5 years/$115-120 mil. He's already turned down a 5 yr/$100 mil offer, so it's going to take some cash to sign him long term. I don't think the $15+ mil, he's owed this year would be an issue.
It's time to show this fan base that the team is trying to win some games. Enough waiting for next year, with the finish the team showed this season. The fans can see the improvement, the young pitchers turned a corner late in the season ans began to put together consistent performances every night. It's time to spend a lil money, and I say go after Prince.
What do you guys think?... I look forward to reading some responses from "real" baseball folks.