Nationals meet to discuss Prince Fielder

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

The Washington Nationals are still in the hunt to try and add slugging first baseman Prince Fielder this offseason.

The Washington Post reports that the team's principal owners, Ted and Mark Lerner, met with Scott Boras, Fielder's agent, at the owners' meetings in Arizona Wednesday. "The details of the conversation are not known, but the sides previously discussed Fielder this offseason in Washington," the paper reports. Past dealings between the Lerners and Boras have been for such players as Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg, and Bryce Harper.

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According to the Post, Boras "also met with a handful of other owners at the meetings," including Jeffrey Loria of the Miami Marlins.

Fielder is reportedly looking for a contract that lasts for eight to ten seasons, something that is worrying teams, the Post notes, "because of concerns about how a player with his burly frame (5-11, 275 pounds) will age."  The 27-year-old hit 38 homers last year.

The Nationals remain to be "seen by many as the favorite to sign" Fielder, the Washington Post notes, but the resolution "does not appear to be imminent."

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