Free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder is reportedly seeking a contract worth upwards of $200 million, Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman tweeted.
Heyman said that Fielder would like to earn the same amount annually as Ryan Howard. The comparable Philadelphia Phillies slugger signed an extension in 2010 worth $125 million over five years.
Fielder is one of the most coveted bats this offseason by teams looking for a franchise player to fill a hole at first base. The three-time All-Star had spent his entire MLB career with the Milwaukee Brewers before becoming a free agent. Due to his contract demands, it appears unlikely he will return to Milwaukee.
In 162 games this season Fielder helped propel the Brewers to an American League Central title while hitting .299/.415/.556 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI. In nearly 1,000 games played, Fielder has amassed 230 home runs, 656 RBIs and boasts a career on base percentage of .390. It is believed that Fielder may wait until fellow free-agent Albert Pujols signs with a team, because he may be able to better structure a deal with a team based on the type of financial haul Pujols brings in.