The dilemma of signing Prince Fielder
S here is where it stands as of today with Scott Boras's client. They are most likely going to be asking somewhere between what Boston gave Adrian Gonzalez (7 years at 154m, 2012-16 @21m, and 2017-18 @21.5m), and what the Yankees gave Mark Teixeira (8 years at 180m, 2009-10 @20m, 2011-16 @22.5m)
So if the middle ground is at 8 years at 170m million, that figure out at 21.25m per season. In any type of deal there are risks outside of the money. In the case of Prince Fielder there are weight issue most have problems with. Let's face facts, his father, Cecil Fielder, big-bodied bopper whose aging pattern could be very well the same for Prince. Cecil hit 51 homers at age 26, and 44 at age 27, and then never hit 40 again. He also ceased to be a full-time first baseman after 30, never playing more than 80 games in the field in any of his final four seasons. And he was done for good after 34.
If that played out in Seattle, Prince would be entering his 5th full season under his 8 year deal. So what if the Mariners were allowed to structure the deal? Giving the team the flexibility it desired in the latter stages of the contract to protect itself from injuries, a lack of production, etc. So if the Mariners were forced to cut him, or trade him, they actually could.
Here is my Prince Fielder contract breakdown
Year's 1-4 @ 32.5m per season
Year's 5-8 @ 10m per season
Obviously I'm not factoring any bonuses or escalator raises, but you get the jist...