There is a “99 percent” chance that the Washington Nationals will not sign Prince Fielder, a source has told Bill Ladson of MLB.com.
It had been rumored that the Nationals were frontrunners to sign baseball’s top remaining free-agent. However, according to MLB.com, the current price for Fielder must come down before Washington considers signing him. The Nationals are also reportedly concerned with Fielder’s weight.
Fielder hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games last year for the Milwaukee Brewers. 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. His agent, Scott Boras, also represents a bevy of other Nationals players including Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Danny Espinosa, among others.