So much for the Chicago Cubs’ lack of money – which nobody really believed anyway.

According to CBS’s Jon Heyman, the Chicago Cubs are “definitely in [the] mix for [P]rince [Fielder” (Twitter has been a boon to the bracket industry). Ah, that “definitely” word again. Heyman notes that Fielder’s age, 27, makes him much more attractive to the Cubs than Albert Pujols, and notes that Fielder fills a number of holes for the Cubs, including first base, the cleanup spot, and power from the left side.

Heyman’s report comports with what I’ve heard about the Cubs’ interest, though I’d caution that I still doubt the Cubs would be willing to make an offer to Fielder for more than six years at the absolute longest – and it’s easy to see another team being willing to add on that seventh (or eighth) year. As they did with Pujols, I’d imagine the Cubs would prefer to make Fielder a shorter-term, higher annual dollar offer. Six years and $150 million seems about right, if not a bit high – but you will necessarily pay a premium for the kind of big bat that comes along only once every few years (if that).

Among those possible teams competing with the Cubs for Fielder’s services, according to Heyman’s colleague, Danny Knobler, are the Mariners, Blue Jays, Nationals, Orioles, and Marlins. Bruce Levine adds, “surprisingly,” the Dodgers to the mix. The Dodgers tendered embattled first baseman James Loney yesterday, and, given the team’s finances, “surprisingly” is the right word.

Both Levine and Knobler add the Rangers, but their involvement remains the subject of insider debate. Team president Nolan Ryan seemed to deny that the Rangers would have interest in Fielder last week at the Winter Meetings, and sources suggest the Rangers would prefer to add pitching with whatever dollars they have left to spend this Winter.

From the list of possible competitors for Fielder’s services, however, you can cross off Fielder’s former team, the Brewers. Yesterday’s signing of Aramis Ramirez took the Brewers out of the market for any other big money free agents (reliever Francisco Rodriguez’s acceptance of arbitration didn’t help, if I may be so bold), including Fielder, says GM Bob Melvin.

While we’re ruling teams out, Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak said it was a “safe assumption” that the Cardinals will not be bidding on Prince Fielder.

  • Mike F

    If they don’t have money they’ll continue to go to Kmart and explore crazy trades. If they do have money, hang around Nordstroms on Michigan Avenue, they could be shopping a little upscale. Nordstroms: Fielder, Darvish, Jackson and on.

    • BetterNews

      If you had money you would be shopping instead of posting!

  • Lou Cub

    Mike, I don’t think that Bruce Levine has much of a clue about whats going on in this organization anymore and may be grasping at straws..He was of the mind set that the Cubs and Rockies were still in negotiations for Ian Stewart well after the deal was agreed upon. He hasn’t broken anything of consequence except for the Aramis Ramirez signing with Milwaukee since Theo took over..His major source was always Jim Hendry and now these guys are tight lipped as they come so he’s out in the cold. Gammons is another story..Do you really think that Theo and Co would give him any leads on stories after more or less dissing the Cubs throughout the Theo compensation issue??? He’s another guy without an inside source, The one guy who I would trust is Kaplan…He’s the one who broke the news about the Theo to the Cubs becoming official and called out the Cubs interest in DeJesus the day before he signed..I haven’t heard much out of him lately though. Regardless, Prince to the Cubs makes perfect sense for 2 major reasons..1 he’s still young @ 27 and 2. he won’t cost the Cubs any prospects to aquire him and 3. when was the last time the Cubs had a left handed bat witht hat much potential in the line up??? Billy Williams is my guess 37 years ago!!!

  • Mike F

    We’re on the same page, I think he makes a lot sense especially if teams take into account his weight. And it’s always been out there that Boras might do a deal with an opt out at year 4. So to me, if for example the cubs could do what on paper looks like a 6 or 7 year deal, say at 175M or slightly above, but was in fact a 3 year at 70 Million, that would make a lot of sense for both sides. The Cubs aren’t paying him for past performance and he gets another bite at the apple for even greater money at his prime if he produces and maintains a reasonable weight. The problem with that is if some team is willing to pay him 8 years guaranteed at 200 Million or something ridiculous.

    The one thing I do agree with Levine’s recent comments, is they need pitching. Darvish has a big arm, but who knows, it’s a lot of money when they thought MB at 4 years and 58 M was so high and were not going to chase Wilson. I can see the Wilson thing, and know they were interested in MB but the years and total money was too great. Then they were in on the 3 older pitchers at the start low dollar and couldn’t get the deals done. So I do see the interest in Saunders and think he’s a guy that can chew up significant innings and be a major upgrade from some of the stuff we saw last season.

    I’m curious I didn’t see Kaplan this evening what did he say on his show?

  • Lou Cub

    Mike, i’m a transplanted Chicagoan living in Phoenix so I don’t get as much of a chance to listen to Kap unless i’m at the computer during his show..I just think that he’s a lot more spot on than Mr Know it all Levine..Kap’s alot like we are..big time fans gotta love it.. I called a local show here ( afew years back) hosted by a guy who talks about the Cubs alot and worked at Sporting News Radio back in the day based out of Chicago and brought up a Levine rumor and the guy immediately giggled and said oh boy!!! Not to say he’s always wrong, but the guy is a piece of work

  • Mike F

    makes me laugh… Lot of characters in Chicago sports writing,