Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that teams considering upgrades at first base include the Brewers, Cubs, Nationals, Indians, Mariners, Orioles, Rangers, Rays and Pirates.
Prince Fielder is obviously the big fish left, but his situation remains muddled and a frontrunner has yet to emerge for his services. While the Fielder saga drags on, quality free agent first baseman Derrek Lee, Carlos Pena and Casey Kotchman wait their turn. Of the three, Morosi writes, "If anything, their continued availability is confirmation that teams are holding out hope that Fielder will fall into their price range." Morosi thinks first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Lee, Mark Trumbo and Billy Butler could also be available via trade. "Because it's so late, not all of those teams will find their long-term first basemen this offseason," a National League executive said. "There's going to be a need a year from now, too."
Sun, Dec 25, 2011 09:07:00 PM