The Chicago Cubs are currently the front-runners for slugging first baseman Prince Fielder, according to Fox Sports.
Interest in Fielder’s services have declined, Fox Sports reports. Two teams who were previously believed to be in on attempting to acquire the powerful free-agent, the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, will reportedly not make a bid. The Florida Marlins, who had also once shown interest in Fielder, have already said that they would look to bolster their pitching staff after failing to acquire top free-agent Albert Pujols during last week’s Winter Meetings.
Two potential teams outside of the Cubs who may be interested in throwing in the likely $180 million dollars-or-more needed to sign Fielder are the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals; however some have questioned Fielder’s interest to join a team that has struggled to win in recent years. In 2011 Fielder hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games for the Milwaukee Brewers. It is not believed that he will re-sign with Milwaukee.