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• The Washington Nationals did reportedly meet with Prince Fielder and his agent when the two traveled around to meet with the MLB owners that are interested in signing the 5'11'', 275 lb, 27-year-old, seven-year veteran. Fielder entered free agency this winter with a career .282/.390/.540 slash and a 162-game average of 32 doubles and 37 HR's during his time in Milwaukee. The buzz around baseball is that Fielder is about to become a former-Brewer. Are the Mariners and Cubs still in the mix? Are the Nationals Fielder's density? I mean, destiny? In case you haven't been paying attention, here's a long list of links to catch you up on the last two days of Fielder/Nats rumors...


• "There is certainly a price at which you have to take a Fielder signing seriously. But it is NOWHERE close to >$200M and it's not for nine or 10 years." - "Ask Boswell about the Redskins, the Capitals and all Washington sports" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post


• "The source indicated that Nationals ownership will make the final decision on whether the club signs Fielder. It's not known how many years or how much money Washington is willing to give Fielder." - "Nats meet with Boras, in running to sign Prince" - Bill Ladson, News

• "Turns out there was some meat to those rumors after all. The Nationals are, indeed, in the running to sign free agent slugger Prince Fielder..." - "Nationals' interest in Fielder is real, but could affect other players, too" - Pete Kerzel,

• "And until Fielder signs on the dotted line with a team, nothing will be out of the question and no doors will be completely closed to him." - "Prince Fielder and the Washington Nationals: fire up the rumor mill" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals, as currently constructed, are both in a highly advantageous position and a potentially dangerous position..." - "Looking at future payrolls" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "There are baseball reasons to avoid signing Fielder. The kind of contract Boras is pushing for, for nine or 10 years, would take Fielder into his age 37 season..." - "On Prince Fielder and the Nationals" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'All I can tell you is, I don't hold any grudges either way,' LaRoche said via phone on Tuesday night. "If [Fielder doesn't sign with the Nationals] and I'm the guy, I'll be out there every day and [will] do everything I possibly can.'" - "Adam LaRoche uncertain about future with Nationals" - Bill Ladson, News

• "An MLB official told me over the weekend that word is spreading in the industry that the Washington Nationals have emerged as a favorite to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder." - "Nationals a favorite for Fielder" - Tom Haudricourt, JSOnline

• "Part of the holdup has been Seattle's pursuit of Prince Fielder, which should come to a head soon with reports that he's close to a multiyear pact with the Washington Nationals." - "Mariners in holding pattern as they pursue Prince Fielder" - Geoff Baker, Seattle Times

• "Has Prince Fielder signed a contract? No. Has Prince Fielder signed a contract with the Seattle Mariners? No." - "PRINCE FIELDER WATCH 2012" - Jeff Sullivan, Lookout Landing

Twitter:'s Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick): "Scott Boras home in California today, declined comment on @washingnats report that he & Prince met w/ the Lerners in D.C."

Twitter:'s Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick): "'The speculation is wide & varied,' Boras said. 'I have told all owners I would not comment on who we meet with regarding these things.''"

• "The Washington Nationals are in the running to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder, according to The Nationals reportedly face competition from the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs in their pursuit of the coveted slugger." - "MLB notes: Darvish on tour of Texas" - Toronto Sun

• "Prince Fielder is a free agent, and he is a free agent who is going to make a lot of money. The only question now is which team is going to give it to him." - "Prince Fielder Pursued By Washington Nationals" - Jeff Sullivan, Baseball Nation

• "Adding one of baseball’s most thunderous bats would further vault the Nats toward the top of the National League East; last month..." - "NY Mets find Ruben Tejada's backup, sign SS Omar Quintanilla, who drew 50-game suspension in 2010 after testing positive for banned substance" - Andy Martino, NY Daily News

• "The Nationals are today's presumptive favorites to reel in Prince Fielder. This makes sense on a number of levels..." - "Prince Fielder Could Be A Washington National This Season, And Other News Around The Hot Stove" - DEADSPIN

• "I've seen speculation that the longer the Fielder negotiations drag out, the more it's indicative that the market for him has dried up, or agent Scott Boras can't find the deal he wants." - "The Hot Stone League: January deals nothing new for Scott Boras" - Larry Stone, Seattle Times Newspaper

• "It is believed that Nats are competing with the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs for Prince..." - "Nats Meet With Boras, Possible Favorites For Prince Fielder" - CBS Washington

• "Having the ability to lock up the biggest name remaining on the free-agent market, however, doesn't always lead to actually acquiring said player." - "Addressing the Fielder rumors" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "[Prince] Fielder would fit nicely in a Washington uniform - well, as long as he's not insisting on beating the 10-year, $254 million deal Albert Pujols squeezed out of Angels owner Arte Moreno last month." - "Fielder chatter is becoming more difficult to ignore (updated with Nats in running)" - Pete Kerzel,

• "The Prince Fielder sweepstakes continues to be arguably the most fascinating thing going on in baseball right now, and slowly but surely it seems like we're getting closer to seeing a conclusion." - "Prince Fielder Rumors: Nationals Meet With Boras, Opt-Out Clause Possible" - Satchel Price, MLB Daily Dish

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "While revenge weakens society, forgiveness gives it strength." -


Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional: La Guaira 11, Zulia 5 - Carlos Maldonado (ZUL) - 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Box Score.

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional: Magallanes 0, Caribes 3 - Jesus Flores (MAG) - 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K - Box Score.

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Escogido 2, Licey 1 - Jhonatan Solano (LIC) - 0 for 4, 2 K's - Box Score.

Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico: Caguas 5, Ponce 4 - Hassan Pena (PON) - (L, 3-2), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR - Box Score.

• "With the heavy hitters during the 'Steroid Era' now making their way onto the ballots, it causes the electorate that much more angst. But really, it’s pretty simple if you boil it down to its most elemental terms." - "If I had a Hall of Fame vote…" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "The Nationals believe in [Matt] LeCroy so much that they gave him the keys to teaching the best of their best talent next season." - "LeCroy thrilled with new challenge at Double-A Harrisburg" - Byron Kerr,


Marlins: "All is still not settled between Hanley Ramirez and the Miami Marlins." - "Hanley Ramirez’s stance remains unchanged, according to one source — he has a strong preference to remain at shortstop, but will handle the matter professionally." - Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports on MSN

Braves: "Making the Hall of Fame should be a rare thing, but for guys that are on the bubble the arguments for and against induction go on and on." - "No Hall Of Fame Momentum For Dale Murphy "- gondeee, Talking Chop

Mets: "Things are never so bad that you can't imagine them being any worse, which I suppose is what keeps me from digging a trench to lay down in whenever I contemplate the 2012 Mets." - "How Bad Will The Mets Be In 2012?" - Eric Simon, Amazin' Avenue

Phillies: "So [Ryan] Madson, the former Phillies reliever, looks like the biggest loser of free agency as the calendar turns to 2012." - "Inside the Phillies: Former Phillie Ryan Madson is still unsigned" - Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer

Marlins: Twitter: Clark Spencer, Miami Herald (@clarkspencer): "The Marlins have agreed with Greg Dobbs on a 2-year deal."

Ned? Ned Ryerson? Joe? Joe Posnanski?: "It’s all well and good to say that the next three baseball Hall of Fame ballots will be 'unprecedented.' I’ve written that a few times, and it sounds good." - "The Future (and Past) of the HOF" - Joe Posnanski,