Twitter Q&A: Will the Mets sign Fielder if Reyes leaves?

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Michael Baron: I’d be lying if I said haven’t thought about a Mets team with Prince Fielder on it. He certainly fits the profile of the players Sandy Alderson has said he likes; he consistently has both a high on base and slugging percentage. But he’s also a unique superstar both on and off the field and signing Fielder and moving Ike Davis to right field would go a long way towards answering their power issues on the infield and outfield and restoring some credibility to the franchise as well.

However, with all of the other needs the Mets are facing this winter plus the guaranteed pay increases to players under contract and arbitration cases, I just don’t see this happening. It’s not to say the Mets couldn’t use Fielder and I do believe if Sandy wanted him and felt he could sign him, he would be given authorization to sign him. I think the possibility increases if the Mets can’t sign Reyes, but I also think Fielder’s demands in both dollars and years would likely go against Alderson’s goal of maintaining the necessary payroll flexibility year after year, regardless of whether Reyes returns or not. I think Alderson would be more likely to spread the money he otherwise would have spent on Reyes on a few players on shorter term deals.

However, it’s only September 24, so you never really know, and as Sandy said during the last off-season, “Chicks dig the long ball, and so do I.”

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According to SI.com, Fielder recently said this is likely his last season with the Brewers, and according to Mark Viera of the New York Times, Fielder is likely to seek a $200 million contract this winter.

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