And so, while you're sitting around waiting for something -- anything! -- on Prince Fielder, Larry Stone of The Seattle Times got us thinking about potential dark horses in the Fielder sweepstakes who could potentially blow away anything Ted Lerner has on the table at the moment. This gave us pause:
Who knows who else might emerge as a serious candidate for Fielder? The stereotypical Boras "surprise team" might well be out there waiting for the opportune moment to strike. Remember, the Angels didn't join the Pujols talks until the very end, when they swooped in and blew away the field. The Marlins were hot and heavy after Pujols, so we know they have a lot of money to spend, and the burning desire to make a splash as they move into a new ballpark. Could they be a team waiting in the weeds on Fielder? Sounds plausible to me.
(Larry Stone, via The Seattle Times, 1/10/2012)
Sounds plausible to us, too. How come even in the offseason the Marlins seem to own the Nats?
Just in case, we asked someone. And according to that someone -- a person who knows stuff and is usually right about it -- the Marlins aren't a serious concern in the Fielder sweepstakes at the moment because Boras simply won't waive the no-trade for Fielder, and Jeffrey Loria won't consider offering a no-trade. However...let's throw out a hypothetical: say Loria could be persuaded, depending on how those season ticket packages are selling at the new Sun Fish Shark Dolphin Stadium or whatever they're calling it. Who knows? Maybe ticket sales are brisk. Or maybe not, and Loria thinks he needs to make another big splash. Or maybe it's more important to him to have the flexibility to move the big albatross contracts the F out within 3-5 years when the new stadium utterly fails in Miami. Who knows?
At the moment we're still betting on the Nats in a one-horse race, because we can't imagine a situation where the Rangers pass on Yu Darvish after losing CJ Wilson - nor can we imagine a situation where Yu Darvish passes on the Rangers after all this time. Nor can we imagine a situation where the Rangers sign both Darvish and Fielder. Nor can we imagine a situation where Prince returns to the Brewers, or wants to play for the Blue Jays or Mariners. But the Marlins still scare us for some inexplicable reason.
But until Scott Boras starts floating those rumors out there himself to try and put a scare into Ted Lerner (and we're guessing they're coming soon -- and we're guessing Ted still won't budge), there's the Yu Darvish waiting game...