By Will Yoder
January 03, 2012

MLB’s top remaining free-agent, Prince Fielder, may be seeking an opt-out clause with whatever team he may sign with this winter, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

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An opt-out clause allows a player to escape his contract if he is either unhappy or believes that he is outperforming his current deal. A notable example of an exercised opt-out clause lays with Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia who just this offseason opted out of a seven-year, $161 million deal he signed with the Yankees in 2008. The hard throwing left-hander re-signed with the club under a new deal that would earn him $122 million over the next five years.

By opting out, Sabathia earned an extra two-years and $50 million on his original deal.

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.

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