As the 2009 trade deadline approached, everyone was hoping and praying that their team would acquire a great player, whether it be a current headliner, or a future superstar. We saw Cliff Lee move from cold and cloudy Seattle, Washington to humid and hot Arlington, Texas. Roy Oswalt joined the 2008 World Champs while his ex-teammate Lance Berkman was shipped up to the Brox. Dan Haren fashioned on a new Halo and San Diego added veterans Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick to their lineup.
Although Prince Fielder remained with his team at the trade deadline, many speculate that he could possibly be on the move this off season should the Brewers once again make him available. Some could argue that the Brewers would be better off holding onto Prince until the trade deadline in hopes of raising his trade value. I would however disagree. The Brewers would likely get more if another team was allowed to control him for a full season.
Now lets have some fun shall we, and list a few teams that may have interest in having a Prince in their presence.
Boston Red Sox
The most obvious suitor, in my opinion, for Prince Fielders services in the Boston Red Sox. Should they decide to watch Beltre walk during the off season, the Sox would be primed to fill his hole. Without much effort, they could slide Youkilis back over to third base and let Fielder play first. There is no doubt that Prince Fielder's extreme power would work well within the hitter friendly confines of Fenway Park. There in no doubt that every Yankee fan would tense up a bit with the though of Fielder walking to the plate at Yankee Stadium with "Boston" written across the front of his jersey.
Much like the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves will have a wide open spot available for Prince Fielder on the roster. With the likely departure of Derrek Lee and Troy Glaus, the first base position is there for the taking. The Braves could also use some much needed power in the middle of their lineup. The combination of Fielder and Heyward would definitely become dangerous. With the addition of Prince Fielder, I think the Braves become even better that they are now, 90 wins and all. With their lineup and pitching you could be looking at a 100+ win team.
New York Mets
Should the Mets decide to part with Ike Davis in a deal, they could add Prince Fielders amazing power to the lineup in support of current stars like David Wright and Jose Reyes. The Mets might be able to use some extra pop behind Wright and should they figure out their pitching concerns, they could become a very, very lethal team.
San Francisco Giants
Will they ever get that power bat they've been searching for? Well, this could be the perfect opportunity. While Huff has been playing a very good first base, there is no denying that Prince is the better player. Of course Huff is the least expensive of the two. I look at this similar to the Braves: With a power bat in the middle of an already good lineup and a great pitching staff, the Giants could find themselves in a position to wil the NL West Division for many years (should they also decide to extend Prince.)
Chicago White Sox
With Paul Konerko possibly leaving Chicago, the Sox could possibly be searching for a replacement. There is no doubt that Fielder could make an impact with the White Sox and help them finally out duel the Minnesota Twins. We all know that Kenny Williams will try almost anything to win. You can put in on the booaaarrrd.....maybe!
It seems like the Rangers were acquiring a new player every week during the month of July. There's no reason to believe that they won't try their luck again this off season. With Justin Smoak departing and Chris Davis being nothing special, the Rangers could be looking for an impact first baseman. With new management and a rich farm system the Rangers could potentially have the pieces to get such a deal done.
Now here is a bit of an unexpected team. With their great young pitching staff, all the A's need is a good offense to find themselves as legitimate contenders. Adding Prince's bat would certainly add a spark to an underwhelming lineup. Also, as we've all seen, Billy Beane is willing to acquire star players and resell them should things not work out.
Los Angeles Angels/Dodgers
I combine these two because they would seemingly both have the same reasons for acquiring Prince Fielder and that would simply be resignability. Fielder is from Ontario, California and would possibly be interested in signing an extension to go home. However both of these scenarios are extremely unlikely as both teams seem content with their first basemen. He would either have to accept being a DH (in the Angels' case) or either team would have to include their own first basemen in a deal of some sort.