Prince Fielder v.s Mark Teixeira: Why Yanks Don’t Need Fielder
The Yankees and Brewers were hard at work yesterday during batting practice. They were shagging fly ball, stretching, running around the bases and int he midst of hitting fly balls into the outfield or in the seats. But there was someone that a major league scout was interested in, watching from the press box as he hit homer after homer into the seats. No, it wasn’t A-Rod, and it wasn’t Curtis Granderson. Heck, it wasn’t even Jorge Posada or Nick Swisher. The man was Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. From the scouts observations he noticed that Prince Fielder made hitting all of those home runs look easy but he was wondering if the Yankees had seen the same thing that he saw, and if not, he would gladly explain it:
“If I’m the Yankees, he’s the guy I would sign, even with Mark Teixeira here.”
Well, it sounds tempting but for the Yankees it just doesn’t seem right at least in my opinion. Mark Teixeira is one of the best first baseman in the leagues and he has such stellar defense that’s it’s hard to keep him out in the lineup (though Jorge Posada does a good job copying him when he has his occasional starts at first). It wouldn’t seem like a good deal for the Yankees mainly for the fact that the scout suggests that he should be in the DH role. If the Yankees had learned anything, it’s that the DH is to give there older power hitting players a chance to play at least half the game. Right now that role is secured by Jorge Posada, but next season, Girardi would probably platoon that role between Jeter and A-Rod since let’s face it, there both aging. Also, Prince Fielder in New York? It sounds really tempting but as of right now I see only Mark Teixeira at first.
And then again, even if Mark Teixeira had gotten injured, the Yankees still have Nick Swisher, who has played a little bit of first base for the Yankees. And the outfield would be easier to fill if the Yankees decide to sign Chris Dickerson for another year. (Let’s face it, Chris Dickerson is doing pretty well for a platoon player). The Yankees have it practically all down packed, and right now it doesn’t seem that Prince Fielder fits within this Yankees lineup. What the Yankees do need is pitching and some depth in the bullpen. But that’s another story. But from what I can tell, Prince Fielder is not the fit that the Yankees are looking for.