The Washington Nationals ownership recently met with Prince Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, in Washington, D.C., according to MLB.com. The Nationals are believed by many to be the frontrunner for Fielder’s services.
While Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has stated publically that the team plans to move forward with Adam LaRoche as the team’s starting first baseman for 2012, multiple industry sources have indicated that if the Nationals get the price they want, they will attempt to sign Fielder. According to MLB.com, the final decision on whether or not to sign the All-Star first baseman will belong to the club’s owners.
Fielder, who hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games last year for the Milwaukee Brewers is considered one of the top sluggers on the free-agent market. The 27-year-old has been one of the more consistent players in the majors over the past several seasons. In 998 career games, he has amassed a .282 career batting average, 230 home runs and 656 RBIs. Boras, one of the premier agents in the game, also represents a bevy of other Nationals players including Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Danny Espinosa, among others.