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Here are the highlights from an article today by FOX Sports’s Jon Paul Morosi, about why the Toronto Blue Jays should sign Prince Fielder, and why Fielder should sign with Toronto. (I’d like to add, as an incentive, the sick new unis the Jays will be trotting out in this season.) …
“First, the money: Fielder, 27, will shatter one team’s notion of what is reasonable for a first baseman to earn. An owner will wince. A GM will avert his eyes. This will be a payroll-buster. And yet the Jays’ bottom line is more pliable than most. Their Opening Day payroll this year was around $70 million, but club president Paul Beeston has said that it could climb to $120 million.”
“… a 3-4 of Bautista and Fielder would be about the best wheelhouse anywhere… Even with the Yankees in the same division, the Jays have a discernible path to October for the first time in years. Fielder can help the fans see it.”
“And then there is the money, which tends to be the deciding factor in such decisions. Whenever you want to dismiss the Blue Jays as a suitor for a significant free agent, think about that $50 million spread between where the payroll is and where Beeston said it might go. Baseball went Loonie once before. It could happen again.”
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