The initial “report” out of Cleveland saying the Blue Jays were the frontrunners to land Fielder seemed a little odd to me. Why would an Indians beat writer have the scoop on what the Blue Jays were doing? Unless of course it’s Jordan Bastian … former super Blue Jays beat man.
Then of course it seems like Alex Anthopoulos is adamantly denying any reports. Which makes sense because from the very beginning AA said they were not looking to make any big splashes in the free agent waters this off-season.
Even though my brain tells me the Blue Jays want no part of the Prince Fielder sweepstakes, my inner fanboy is teaming with excitement that Fielder in Toronto might be a faint possibility.
And this is exactly why I think folks on the outside looking in believe the Blue Jays are one of the best fits out there for Prince Fielder; ramping up the payroll is not an issue with Toronto, and he Blue Jays have a need for Fielder.
With the new Blue Jays regime spearheaded by Alex Anthopoulos, I feel like I’ve been conditioned to detest signing any free agent to a long-term contract. Locking up Jose Bautista was one thing, but paying for Prince Fielder is another.
Players of Prince Fielder’s calibre will unquestionably come at a premium price, but the question Alex Anthopoulos and the rest of the Blue Jays front office have to ask themselves is “is it worth it?”.
If the Blue Jays truly feel like they have all their ducks in a row and are very close, then by all means they should go for it. Somebody like Fielder doesn’t come around very often, and if he’s the final piece of the puzzle then it definitely makes sense.
I can’t speak on behalf of the organization, but I’d think it’s safe to say they aren’t quite there yet. One could argue that starting pitching is actually more of a question mark than offense for the Blue Jays, and the team should be looking to upgrade and develop their pitchers further.
While it would be great to get Prince Fielder at his peak with a 5-6 WAR season for the next few years, if the starting pitching continues to be a concern than it will be all for not. I think the team needs to get that in order first before adding any additional pieces.
It’s like going to the Pizza Hut buffet and just piling up your plate with breadsticks; sure, the breadsticks are tasty and you could probably eat a million of them, but you need to balance out the plate to have a proper meal. Throw a couple slices of pizza and some salad on there too to even things out.
And now suddenly I have a craving for the Pizza Hut buffet.