Well, just when Mike Rizzo goes out of his way on his Wednesday afternoon media tour to convince the world of how comfortable he is going into 2012 with Adam LaRoche as his starting first baseman (way to use the media to help your negotiation position, Mike!), and Thomas Boswell convinces himself the Nats are better off NOT locking up Prince in Thursday's Washington Post (not a good fit!?)...an anonymous Nats player tells CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that the Nats are still very much in the running for the big lug:
So who was this mystery Nat? Maybe Gio Gonzalez is at it again? But would the Nats be willing to go longer than 3, 4 years for Fielder? A person who is usually right more than he is wrong about these things told us this evening that the Nats are "in" but not "all in"; Rizzo doesn't want to go long term on Prince. We're not sure how to define "long term" in this case.
So, Scott Boras: why no deal for Fielder yet? Nothing to do with the delusional idea of Fielder getting a Pujols deal, right?
"It takes a bit longer because these are ownership decisions," Boras said. "I’ve got to sit down with owners. There are a lot of them interested in Prince. That’s time-consuming. Respectfully, you have to sit down and meet with these people. You’ve got to go through the process."
(via Ken Rosenthal/FoxSports.com, 12/28/2011)
Hmm...Maybe Boras bypasses Rizzo altogether, and is on his way to Washington as we speak for a chat with Ted Lerner before New Year's Eve? It's not like Boras hasn't done it before.
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